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Old 01-07-2013, 11:14 AM   #27
Hands of Iron
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Default Re: Ray Lewis retired

Originally Posted by Jackass18
More BS. Way more in some cases? Maybe only the Steelers were as stacked. Don't approach Lewis on film and couldn't play in the league today? Whatever, I see you're one of those guys who's far too much in love with what you grew up watching and thinks that nothing outside compares and doesn't realize the difference of playing in different eras.

Not really, and I'd probably recant that comment on Singletary in particular. My favorite players of all-time are primarily from the 1980s-90s. I just don't consider Lewis overrated. I'd compromise with you and say he hasn't been at that 'All-Time Great' level of play since 2006 (which is a pretty hefty one IMO) give or take a year here or there where he played lights out. Seven AP 1st Team selections in a 17-year career doesn't really reek of favortism or bias towards him. That's tough status to attain and I'd say he earned them. As far as 'help' is concerned, here's the average number of Pro Bowl defensive teammates these guys had per year (as looked at by the PFR blog):

5.00 - Jack Lambert
4.06 - Willie Lanier
3.38 - Ray Nitschke
3.38 - Joe Schmidt
2.75 - Mike Singletary
2.75 - Ray Lewis
2.25 - Zach Thomas
1.94 - Brian Urlacher
1.00 - Dick Butkus
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