Ray Lewis Net Worth: NFL Career & Earnings

Ray Lewis
Ray Lewis (Source: USA Today)

Retired American football linebacker Ray Lewis has a net worth of a staggering $35 million.

He devoted approximately 17 years of his career as a linebacker with Baltimore Ravens in National Football League (NFL)

During his time with the Ravens, Ray accrued 2,059 career tackles in total, including 1,568 solo tackles. Unsurprisingly, both of his career tackles are NFL records.

Before being drafted by the Ravens, Lewis played college football for Miami Hurricanes and also earned All-American honors.

Ray Lewis
Ray Lewis (Source: POPSUGAR)

It was not until the 1996 NFL Draft he was drafted by the Ravens in the very first round, and he served for the team until his retirement following the 2012 season.

Similarly, he was the last remaining active player from the team’s inaugural season.

Furthermore, Lewis has garnered numerous accolades because of which he is considered to be the greatest middle linebacker in NFL history.

Ray Lewis | Quick Facts

Birth Name Raymond Anthony Lewis Jr.
Age 47 Years Old
Nick Name Ray
Date of Birth May 15, 1975
Gender Male
Profession Football Player, NFL Analyst
Place of Birth Bartow, Florida, United States
Nationality American
Ethnicity Afro-American
Horoscope Taurus
Marital Status Unmarried
Wife/ Partner Tatyana McCall
Children Six Children (Four Boys and Two Girls)
Father Elbert Ray Jackson
Mother Sunseria Jackson
Siblings Keon Lattimore, Laquisha Jenkins, Lekeisha Jenkins, Kadaja Holloway
Education Kathleen High School, University of Miami, University of Maryland Global Campus (2001-2004)
Religion Christian
Height 6 feet and 1 inch or 185cm or 1.85m
Weight 110kg or 243 pounds
Body Measurement Chest: 53 in/ 137 cm

Waist: 37 in/ 95 cm

Biceps: 16 in/ 43 cm

Eye Color Black
Hair Color Black
Net Worth $35 million
Position Linebacker
Jersey Number 52 (Baltimore Ravens, 1996–2012)
Draft Drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round (26th overall) of the 1996 NFL draft
Forced Fumbles 19
Games Played 228
Sacks 41.5
Source of Income NFL Analyst
Active Years 1996-2012
Current Affiliation NFL
Social Media TwitterInstagram, Facebook
Merchandise Signed Rookie Card, Signed Helmet, Signed Jersey
Last Update October 2022

Ray Lewis Net Worth and Income

One of the greatest NFL linebackers who spent all his active playing career with Baltimore Ravens, Ray Lewis, has an astonishing net worth of $35 million.

Reportedly he earned more than $95 million from his salary with the Ravens alone.

Contracts

The aforementioned Ray Lewis played for the only team, Baltimore Ravens.

He signed his entry-level contract with the Ravens in 1996, worth $4.675 million. The contract lasted for five years. As per his contract, his signing bonus was $1.3 million, and the average salary was $935,000 a year.

After the expiration of his entry-level contract, the contract was extended for four years worth $26 million.

Similarly, according to the contract, Ray received $3 million as a signing bonus and a $6.5 million salary per year.

Raw Lewis in Game
Raw Lewis in Game (Source: USA Today)

Moreover, Ravens again extended Ray’s contract for seven years for $50 million. Ray received a $10 million signing bonus and a $7.142 million base salary for seven years.

Furthermore, In 2009 Ravens extended Ray’s contract for additional seven years, which was worth $44.5 million with a $6.25 million signing bonus and a $6.357 average annual salary.

Breakdown of Ray Lewis’s Earnings over the years:

Year Salary Signing Bonus Total Earnings
1996 $450,000 $1.3 million $1.75 million
1997 $412,500 $412,500
1998 $675,000 $3 million $3.825 million
1999 $787,500 $4.787 million
2000 $750,000 $4.75 million
2001 $500,000 $4.75 million
2002 $525,000 $10 million $10.525 million
2003 $975,000 $975,000
2004 $4 million $4 million
2005 $5.5 million $5.5 million
2006 $5.5 million $5.5 million
2007 $6.5 million $6.5 million
2008 $6.5 million $6.5 million
2009 $1 million $6.25 million $10 million
2010 $4.25 million $5.5 million
2011 $4.5 million $6.5 million
2012 $4.95 million $4.95 million
17 Seasons $47.775 million $20.55 million $95.725 million

All the figures mentioned above have added up to Ray Lewis’s Net worth and are his past earnings, but what about now?

Well, shortly after retiring from NFL, he joined the ESPN network as an NFL analyst.

The average salary of ESPN analysts starts from $73,984 per year, which can go up to $126,616 per year for the highest level of seniority.

And we assume Ray earned the senior level salary at ESPN. After spending three years with the network, he switched to Fox Sports.

He is still with the network and earns about $72,818 per year as a salary.

Apart from his NFL earnings, Ray has been linked with several brands for promotions.

The actual figures are not available, but we can make assumptions that the player of such a stature earns pretty handsome from endorsement deals.

Besides that, Ray also opened a restaurant in Baltimore, Maryland, in 2005.

Ray Lewis Net Worth in Different Currencies

So, let’s look at Ray Lewis’s Net worth in different currencies including the cryptocurrency BitCoin.

Currency Net Worth
Euro € 31020500
Pound Sterling £ 26502175
Australian Dollar A$ 49248850
Canadian Dollar C$ 44863700
Indian Rupee ₹2657532500 
BitCoin ฿ 747.69

Ray Lewis | Houses and Cars

Houses

Former NFL linebacker Ray Lewis’s net worth allowed him to live in several luxurious mansions over the years.

Ray Lewis purchased a stunning 6,788 square feet mansion at Highland Beach, FL 33487, USA, for $5.22 million in 2004.

He listed the property for nearly $5 million. However, he ultimately sold the seven-bedroom eight and a half bathroom mansion for $4.77 million in 2014.

Ray Lewis's Mansion
Ray Lewis’s Mansion (Source: Realtor.com)

Moreover, Ray also had a sprawling 27.9-acre ranch-style mansion in Baltimore County, Maryland, which he purchased in 2003 for $1.95 million.

He listed this property as well for $2.5 million in 2017.

Cars

Ray Lewis has been spotted in several high-end automobiles over the years.

The most iconic of them include recedes-Benz G Wagon worth $150,000, GMC SUV, and Ferrari.

Apart from these, Ray Lewis also owned a limousine.

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Ray Lewis | Lifestyle

Ray Lewis has six children with four different women. He has four two daughters and four sons. Both of his sons followed in the father’s footsteps and played collegiate-level football.

Moreover, Lewis is pretty vocal about Christianity. In fact, his faith was featured in Sports Illustrated magazine as the cover story in the 2006 issue.

He dropped out of college to enter the NFL draft but later joined school and earned his undergraduate degree in 2004 at the University of Maryland University College.

Apart from that, he is quite infamous for his legal troubles and controversies.

In January of 2000, he got involved in a fight resulting in the stabbing deaths of Richard Lollar and Jacinth Baker.

Following the incident, Lewis, along with Reginald Oakley and Joseph Sweeting, were questioned by Georgia police. After eleven days, all three were charged with murder and assault charges.

Ray was wearing a white suit the night of the incident, which was found dumped in a garbage bin outside a fast-food restaurant.

However, after negotiating a plea agreement by Lewis’s attorneys Ed Garland and Don Samuel with District Attorney two weeks into the trial, the murder charges against Lewis were dismissed in exchange for testimony.

Though the charges were dismissed, controversy still surrounds Lewis.

Ray Lewis | Charity

Ray Lewis is a pretty charitable individual and has donated his time and money to several nonprofits over the years.

He founded Ray Lewis 52 Foundation, a nonprofit corporation.

The objective of the corporation is to provide economic and personal assistance to underprivileged youths.

The foundation has hosted several nonprofit events over the years, including Thanksgiving food drives on North Avenue in Baltimore, the Great Maryland Duck Derby, and bowling tournaments.

Lewis was awarded the “Act of Kindness” Award during the 2006 off-seasons.

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Ray Lewis | Media & Other Ventures, Endorsements, and Books

Media & Other ventures

Ray Lewis dipped his feet in several investments, but it seems like none of them worked out well for him. He started his own restaurant named Ray Lewis Full Moon Bar-B-Que in 2005 in Baltimore, Maryland.

It remained open until 2008 before closing.

Moreover, Ray was featured on the cover of the popular Madden NFL 2005 video game, which was published by EA Sports. Interestingly Ray himself is an avid player of the series.

Lewis even attempted joining NASCAR racing but failed. In 2006 it was announced that Ray, along with running back Gale Sayers and businessman Mark Bloomquist would form S&L Racing.

Apart from that, Lewis also participated in Spike’s Lip Sync Battle, in which he competed against Tony Gonzalez. He won the battle and was later joined by rapper Nelly for the performance.

Furthermore, Lewis was announced to participate in season 28 of Dancing with the Star in August 2019 but never did because of his foot injury requiring surgery.

Endorsements

Ray Lewis had several lucrative endorsement deals over the years. The most profitable of which was with Under Armour (Sports Equipment Company). He endorsed the brand for years.

Similarly, he also endorsed other brands such as EA Sports, Snuggie, and Reebok.

As of October 2022, Ray Lewis’s net worth is $35 million.

Book Publications

Ray Lewis has authored several books over the years.

In 2010 he released a book entitled Both Are True.

Book
I Feel Like Going On Life, Game, and Glory (Source: Amazon.com)

Similarly, in 2015 Ray published I Feel Like Going On: Life, Game and Glory, an autobiography.

The book was co-authored by Daniel Paisner and went on to become New York Times Best Seller.

Ray Lewis | Career

After completing high school, Ray went to the University of Miami, where he played for the Miami Hurricanes football team.

He appeared in five games in total as a freshman in which he compiled two sacks, four pass deflections, and 81 tackles.

He was named to the freshman All-American team, all thanks to his performance.

Similarly, he earned All-American and All-Big East honors in his sophomore year.

Likewise, he performed astoundingly well in his junior year and was named All-Big Eats teams and All-American.

He completed his junior year with astonishing statistics, including one touchdown, one forced fumble, two interceptions, 160 tackles, and two sacks.

Lewis entered in 1996 NFL draft and was picked 26th by Baltimore Ravens during the first round of the draft.

He played for 17 seasons with the team, where he earned 13 trips to the Pro Bowl and was also named NFL’s All-Decade team.

Lewis retired from NFL after the 2012 season.

Unknown Facts About Ray Lewis

  • Baltimore Ravens won a Super Bowl XXXV where Lewis was entitled the Defensive Player of the Year in NFL. He earned the title in 2003 yet again.
  • Lewis earned Pro Bowler 13 times and was Associated Press All-Pro for ten times.
  • Ray has been referenced in TV shows such as The Wire, films such as The Rundown, and in music videos, such as in Nelly’s “Heart of a Champion” and Mario’s “Just a Friend 2002”.

FAQs

Is Ray Lewis the most feared linebacker?

Ray Lewis, all-pro linebacker of the Ravens, is the #7 most feared tackler of all time.

Is Ray Lewis married?

One of the most notorious American football players in NFL history, Ray Lewis, has never been married regardless of his age.

However, he does have six children.

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