For a team that has only been a franchise since 1996, the Baltimore Ravens have racked up rosters full of Pro Bowlers, Hall of Famers, and Super Bowl Champions.
With so many memorable gridiron immortals that have donned the Purple and Black, it’s almost impossible to whittle the list down to 10. For these rankings, we’ve considered longevity, personal achievements, and of course, the signature Ravens smashmouth brand.
There is no doubt that there are a few players that could be (or even should be) on this list, but with limited space, we had to be ruthless. Without further ado, here are the top 10 greatest Ravens players of all time.
10. Justin Tucker, K
A kicker, you say? How could you not include the opera-singing, seven-language speaking, most accurate kicker in NFL history?
Justin Tucker is the definition of automatic, and because he’s so good, he is often taken for granted. To date, Tucker has converted field goals at an all-time best of 91.1%.
He also holds the record for the longest field goal in NFL history at 66 yards. Not bad for a guy that went undrafted and had to try out for the team.
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9. Todd Heap, TE
Todd Heap was the epitome of a Raven and impossible to keep off of this list. For one, he still remains the team’s all-time leader in touchdown receptions. But more than TDs, Heap was everything that the Ravens stood for.
He was tough as nails, could block as well as he could catch, and he didn’t fumble. Heap played the Ravens for 10 years and finished his career with 467 receptions, 5,492 yards, and 41 touchdowns.
8. Joe Flacco, QB
Joe Flacco was undoubtedly a polarizing quarterback throughout his career with the Ravens, but you have to give credit where credit is due.
Flacco finished with a 96-67 record with the Ravens from 2008 to 2018 and helped the team win its second Super Bowl in 2012.
While he never boasted the kind of QB-rating that current star Lamar Jackson does, the man still won games. For the time being, Flacco is far and away the team’s all-time leading passer with 38,245 yards and 212 TDs.
No one will be surprised if Jackson shatters all of his records, but as of right now, Flacco is the best quarterback in Ravens’ history.
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7. Derrick Mason, WR
The Ravens have never been known as a passing team, but Mason was the man when they did throw the ball. Mason came to the Ravens in 2005 and made an immediate impact with 86 receptions and 1,073 yards in his first season.
No. 85 personified toughness and never missed a game in six seasons with the Ravens. To this day, he remains the Ravens’ leader in receptions (471) and receiving yards (5,777).
When it was all said and done, Mason finished his career with 943 receptions and 12,061 yards, solidifying his legacy as one of the best that’s ever done it.
6. Haloti Ngata, DT
Haloti Ngata was a force of nature that is hard to draw comparisons to. The 340-pound beast plugged holes on the defensive line for the Ravens from 2006 to 2014 and was a nightmare for opposing running backs and offensive tackles.
His presence on the field was indescribable, and looking at stats alone will never do him justice. Ngata will go down as one of the greatest defensive players in Ravens’ history, which is saying a lot as defense is the team’s identity.
It would be hard to imagine Ngata not winding up in Canton when he’s eligible.
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5. Jamal Lewis, RB
Jamal Lewis’ career started with a bang when he won the Super Bowl as a rookie in 2000. After rushing for more than 1,300 yards in his first season, Lewis was sidelined for the entirety of his second year with a knee injury.
He bounced back from injury with another 1,300-yard season, followed by his historic 2,066-yard campaign when he became the fifth running back in history to eclipse the 2,000-yard mark.
Lewis played six seasons for the Ravens before finishing his career in Cleveland. He’s still the Raven’s leading rusher with 7,801 yards.
4. Jonathan Ogden, OT
It’s about time we gave the offensive line a little love, and there’s no better person to endow with praise than Jonathan Ogden.
Ogden played 12 years with the Ravens and was an indomitable force as an offensive tackle. Ogden was the team’s first-ever draft pick, and it turned out to be a good one because he was also the first Raven to be selected to the Hall of Fame.
The former All-Pro anchored the offensive line that created space for Lewis’ 2,000-yard season and likely hasn’t paid for dinner since when in Lewis’ company.
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3. Terrell Suggs, LB
You probably think about three players when you picture the Ravens, and Terrell Suggs is one of them. The man they call T-Sizzle was the definition of a gamer and proved it over and over again in his long and illustrious career as a Raven.
The future Hall of Famer played for the Ravens from 2003 to 2018 and is unsurprisingly the team’s all-time leader in sacks and forced fumbles.
When Suggs finally hung up the cleats, he finished his colorful career as the NFL’s eighth all-time sack leader (139).
He also had a Super Bowl Championship to go with AP Defensive Player of the Year and AP Defensive Rookie of the Year awards.
2. Ed Reed, S
The Ball Hawk Ed Reed was truly a joy to watch. Not only did the guy have a chance to make an interception any time he was on the field, but you actually expected it to happen, especially when the game was on the line.
The Hall of Famer finished seventh on the NFL’s all-time interception list with 64, but he had 73 if you include the playoffs.
Reed’s best season came in 2004 when he won the AP Defensive Player of the Year, finishing the season with 64 tackles, nine interceptions, three forced fumbles, two sacks, and two touchdowns.
1. Ray Lewis, LB
To no one’s surprise, the face of the Ravens’ franchise Ray Lewis, tops the list of the all-time greats.
What didn’t Lewis do for the Ravens? The Hall of Famer and lifetime Raven played 17 seasons for the Purple and Black on his way to becoming the NFL’s all-time leading tackler with 1,568 solo tackles, almost two hundred more than second-place London Fletcher.
Lewis was one of only five players to win the AP Defensive Player of the Year twice and was the cornerstone of what many consider the best defense in NFL history — the 2000 Ravens.
Not just the best defensive Raven of all time, Lewis might be the greatest player of all time in the NFL. He’s certainly in the conversation.
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