Lost in the shuffle of Monday’s signing of current running back Ray Rice, the Ravens are honoring one of their former ones.
With Monday’s release of season tickets for the 2012 season, the Week 4 ticket revealed a nice little surprise for Ravens fans.
Hosting the Cleveland Browns in a Thursday night game on Sept. 27, the Ravens will induct former running back Jamal Lewis into their Ring of Honor at halftime.
Lewis spent seven years in Baltimore and was named to one Pro Bowl in 2003. Of the six seasons he played for the Ravens — Lewis missed the entire 2001 campaign with an ACL injury — he rushed for at least 1,000 yards in all but one season (2005).
The fifth overall pick of the 2000 draft, Lewis was a key piece of the Ravens’ Super Bowl XXV championship team and is the franchise’s all-time leading rusher with 7,801 career rushing yards.
In 2003, Lewis recorded one of the most memorable seasons in NFL history as he became the fifth member of the 2,000-rushing-yard club, galloping for a franchise-record 2,066 yards to join O.J. Simpson, Eric Dickerson, Barry Sanders, and Terrell Davis in an exclusive group. In 2009, Tennessee running back Chris Johnson became the sixth member of the club.
In that same season, the massive back ran for 295 yards against the Cleveland Browns in a Week 2 win, setting an NFL record that would stand until Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson rushed for 296 in a 2007 game.
Those accomplishments would lead to Lewis being named the Associated Press 2003 Offensive Player of the Year.
Lewis left the Ravens after the 2006 season and played the final three years of his career with the Cleveland Browns but never found the same level of success as he had in his prime with Baltimore.