Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis finished fourth on NFL Network's top 100 players of 2011. Of course Tom Brady finished fourth. As part of NFL Network's coverage, Lewis provided some commentary, by way of Matt Vensel of the Baltimore Sun
, during the Brady highlights
Lewis called Tom Brady “the greatest of greats,” saying “he was willing to go beyond limits that people won’t go to.”
“He’s not the biggest. He was never the strongest. He was never the fastest,” Lewis said intensely. “He was overlooked. He went in the sixth round. So with that being said, all of the intangibles that a quarterback is supposed to have, they overlooked with him because it was burning from the inside of him.”
Brady has 34,744 passing yards and 261 touchdowns in his NFL career. In 2010, he threw for 3,900 yards and 36 TDs while tossing just four interceptions -- and it wasn’t even his best season.
“It’s a chess match because he understands every coverage, he understands every defense,” Lewis said. “And If you give it away too early, then the game is like checkers then for him. He plays it how he wants to play it. … And that’s what makes it frustrating playing against him, he always finds those mismatches.”
“You don’t find too many people playing that’s willing to sacrifice that much time to doing that,” Lewis said of the 33-year-old. “That’s why Tom Brady will always be considered one of the greatest of all time.”