Super Bowl XLVII: Ray Lewis vs. Patrick WillisWednesday, 01.30.2013 / 01:34 PM / Baltimore Beatdown
The two defensive leaders for the two teams in Super Bowl 47 will not be lining up against each other on the field, but we will line them up for comparison purposes.
The highest compliment any player can get is to be compared to one of the all-time great in the game. Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis will be in the discussion for not only the greatest linebacker in the game, but one of the best players in NFL history, regardless of position.
Since he came into the league six years ago, San Francisco 49ers LB Patrick Willis has been compared to a younger version of Lewis. Not only do they wear the same uniform number, but are built virtually the same, both listed at 6'1" and 240 pounds.
Comparing their stats in the 2012 regular season is a tough one, as Lewis only played six games while Willis played in all 16. Ray had 57 tackles, one pass defensed, one sack, one forced fumble. Willis had 120 tackles, 9 passes defensed, two picks, two forced fumbles and a half of a sack.
Baltimore Beat Down asked seven questions with David Fucillo, representing SB Nation's blog on the San Francisco 49ers, Niners Nation.