Ray Lewis and Top 20 Players with the Most Tackles in NFL History
Ray Lewis has announced his retirement following the postseason. The Ravens’ linebacker missed much of 2012 after receiving surgery on his triceps.
Ray Lewis did not put up gaudy numbers – he made 31 interceptions, forced 19 fumbles, scored just three touchdowns, had one safety…and oh yeah…one Super Bowl ring (update: make that two – 2000, 2012).
But Lewis was a dominant player that forced the offense to play around him, which was difficult to do since he was everywhere on the field. He was a fearsome and outspoken (and loudly spoken) leader: a guy you want in the trenches with you.
One career stat does stand out for Lewis that does show how omnipresent the LB was.
He’s got the second-most tackles since the stat has been recorded (late 1970′s).Follow @VinGetz
LIST UPDATED: Through Week 15 of 2013. London Fletcher is still active, but has announced he is “99 percent certain” he will retire at the end of the year. Thanks to this reddit thread on the Fletcher news for all the hits. Check it out.
|PLAYER||POS.||TACKLES||TEAMS||FIRST YR||LAST YR|
|3.||Clay Matthews||LB||1,561||Browns, Falcons||1978||1996|
|4.||Junior Seau||LB||1,524||Chargers, Dolphins, Patriots||1990||2009|
|6.||London Fletcher*||LB||1,378||St. Louis Rams, Bills, Redskins||1998||present|
|8.||Hardy Nickerson||LB||1,271||Steelers, Buccaneers, Jaguars, Packers||1987||2002|
|9.||Eugene Robinson||DB||1,250||Seahawks, Packers, Falcons, Panthers||1985||2000|
|10.||Darryl Talley||LB||1,190||Bills, Falcons, Vikings||1983||1996|
|11.||Chris Spielman||LB||1,181||Lions, Bills||1988||1997|
|12.||Rickey Jackson||LB-DE||1,173||Saints, 49ers||1981||1995|
|15.||Mike Johnson||LB||1,146||Browns, Lions||1986||1995|
|16.||Sam Mills||LB||1,142||Saints, Panthers||1986||1997|
|17.||Donnie Edwards||LB||1,133||Chiefs, Chargers||1996||2008|
|18.||Ken Norton||LB||1,130||Cowboys, 49ers||1988||2000|
|19.||Ronnie Lott||DB||1,113||49ers, L.A. Raiders, Jets||1981||1994|
|20.||Zach Thomas||LB||1,106||Dolphins, Cowboys||1996||2008|