AS expected, former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis has joined ESPN as an NFL analyst. He starts Aug. 1.
Lewis, who retired following the Ravens' victory in Super Bowl XLVII last month, will report from the site of each week's Monday Night Football game. He joins Stuart Scott, Trent Dilfer and Steve Young in providing coverage during the pregame, Monday Night Countdown and post-game SportsCenter. Lewis will also contribute to Sunday NFL Countdown, the network's Super Bowl coverage and make a weekly appearance on ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike in the Morning (which is simulcast on ESPN2), where he made an introductory appearance this morning. He will have the opportunity to host specials similar to Jon Gruden's QB Camp series.
"Ray is a tremendous addition to our NFL roster and he will have an immediate impact on our coverage," said John Wildhack, ESPN's executive vice president, production. "One of the most accomplished players in NFL history, fans will be drawn to his knowledge, experience and, of course, the passion he always exudes for the game."
The future Hall of Famer played for 17 years, all with the Baltimore Ravens, winning two Super Bowls (XLVII, XXXV). He is also a two-time NFL defensive player of the year and a 12-time Pro Bowler.