ESPN made it official this morning, announcing the previously reported hire of retired Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis as an NFL analyst.

The two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and 12-time Pro Bowl selection will be part of ESPN's NFL programming, including Monday Night Countdown and Sunday NFL Countdown shows.

"ESPN is such a big part of how fans watch and experience sports, especially the NFL, so I’m excited to join their team," Lewis said in a statement. "I’m ready to bring the same level of passion to this next phase of my life as I brought to the field during my years as a player. I can’t wait to work with my new teammates, many of whom I’ve already known for years.”