The Baltimore Ravens have been known for their defense ever since they came into existence back in 1996, but over 15 years later it seems they finally have a running back in Ray Rice. After rushing for 11 early yards on Sunday against the Raiders, Rice joins a franchise club that includes the only other viable running bak the Raven have had over the years.
Rice has now entered the Ravens 5,000 yard rushing club, something that only Jamal Lewis has been able to do for the franchise.
Lewis was far from the back that Rice is right now, but that’s not to say he wasn’t the best back the Ravens had before Rice came to town. Again, that’s not saying much on the surface since the Ravens have rarely had an offense to compliment their defense but Lewis finished his career with over 10,000 yards which isn’t something just anyone does.
Lewis ranks 21st All-Time amongst running backs with his 10,607 career yards and with his performance today, Rice is primed to move up on that list to 119th place All-Time. That seems like Rice has a lot of work ahead of him to top Lewis, but he can gash his ranking by the end of this season and shoot up the rushing list as the 119th rusher of All-Time and the 70th rushers of All-Time (James Wilder) is roughly 600 yards.
Rice is far and away one of the best rushers in the game today and while he’s hitting his 5,000 yard milestone today, the former Rutgers back is far from done when it comes to pounding the ball and chasing marks set by former rushers.