Former college football player Ray Lewis III, the son of Pro Football Hall of Famer Ray Lewis, has died. He was 28 years old.
Lewis’ younger brother Rahsaan Lewis shared the news on social media Thursday.
“Really can’t believe I’m even typing this but RIP big brother,” read the tribute posted to his story on his verified Instagram account. “I pray you’re at peace now because I know how much you [were] really hurting.”
Details about Lewis III’s cause of death haven’t been released.
Lewis III attended Lake Mary Prep High School in Florida, where he was a running back. He rushed for 5,283 yards and 53 touchdowns in three seasons, according to Max Preps. He was rated as a three-star running back as a recruit, according to 247/Sports.
He went on to play college football at the University of Miami, where he was on the practice squad as a freshman in 2013. After one season at Miami, Lewis transferred to Coastal Carolina and then Virginia Union.
“Ray was a tremendous young man who played with the spirit of a lion,” his former coach at Virginia Union, Mark James, told the Baltimore Sun. “He was a great asset to the Virginia Union family. He will always be a Panther. May God bless his family.”
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In 2021, Lewis signed with the Wyoming Mustangs professional indoor football team.
Ray Lewis, 48, played with the Baltimore Ravens from 1996-2012. He finished his career as a two-time Super Bowl champion, Super Bowl 35 MVP, a two-time defensive player of the year and was first team All-Pro seven times. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2018.
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