Ray Lewis Joins 'Inside the NFL'

Series's 40th season begins Sept. 5

Former Baltimore Ravens all-world linebacker Ray Lewis has joined Showtime's weekly Inside the NFL series for its 10th season on the cable network and its 40th overall.

Lewis joins analysts Phil Simms and Boomer Esiason on the James Brown-hosted show. The new season debuts Sept. 5 at 9 p.m.

The series, which launched on HBO in 1977 and spent its first 30 seasons on the network, is now produced by Showtime, CBS and NFL Films.

"We are excited to welcome future Hall of Famer Ray Lewis to our team," said Stephen Espinoza, executive vice president and general manager of Showtime Sports. "Ray is experienced, knowledgeable and opinionated, and he will be a great fit on the set with JB, Phil and Boomer.”

This story was updated on Aug. 8 to correct the ID of Jim Brown in the caption.