Ray Lewis is one the best linebackers in NFL history, and he’s forever tied to the Hit Stick, which debuted in Madden NFL 2005 and featured Lewis on the cover.
“Do things like the Hit Stick, Defensive Playmaker Control, or Defensive Hot Routes ring a bell? These innovations define the defensive impact that Ray Lewis made in Madden.” - Brian Parker
“Ray Lewis in Madden NFL 05 may be the cover athlete ever. Lewis’ presence on the cover symbolized a new emphasis on defense for the Madden. His Hit Stick prowess was second to none.” - Shaun Mason
In his prime, Lewis was arguably the most dominant defensive player in league history. His 13 Pro Bowl appearances, two Super Bowl championships, and place on those dominant Ravens defenses make him a perfect member of the All-25 Team.
“Three words: Fear The D. #Hitstick.” – Zfarls
“Two words come to mind when I think about Ray Lewis in Madden NFL 05: Hit Stick! With the introduction of the Hit Stick, there was no better person to introduce the feature than the best linebacker in football. Needless to say, I started controlling Lewis a lot more when the Hit Stick was introduced.” - Simfballcritic
“On one of the most celebrated versions of Madden NFL ever (and arguably its most recognizable cover), Ray Lewis is an all-time great in the Madden series. Combined with the Hit-Stick, the Ravens cover star could disrupt an entire offense and became one of Madden's most used players.” - Corey Andress
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