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: January 02, 2013, 02:03:35 PM

http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap1000000121105/article/ray-lewis-of-baltimore-ravens-to-retire-after-season


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#1 : January 02, 2013, 02:05:34 PM

Ray Lewis to retire after Baltimore Ravens' season


    By Marc Sessler
    Around the League Writer
    Published: Jan. 2, 2013 at 12:11 p.m.
    Updated: Jan. 2, 2013 at 01:54 p.m.




Ray Lewis' long and storied NFL career is coming to an end.

The Baltimore Ravens linebacker informed teammates and coaches Wednesday that Sunday's playoff meeting with the Indianapolis Colts will mark his final game at M&T Bank Stadium, and he will retire at the end of the season.
Lewis will retire

"This will be my last ride," Lewis said.

The seven-time All-Pro and 12-time Pro Bowl selection didn't say if he would play Sunday, but Lewis confirmed he's physically ready to take the field. Lewis was activated late last month, but he hasn't played in a game since he tore his triceps during a Week 6 win over the Dallas Cowboys.

NFL.com's Albert Breer cited two sources who were in the room in reporting that Lewis addressed his Ravens teammates Wednesday. The two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year and MVP of Super Bowl XXXV rose to his feet and spoke about playing for one other and the bond between teammates before announcing his plans to retire.

"Unreal. Very inspiring. There's no one like him, man," one observer texted Breer.

"I can't picture Baltimore without him," running back Ray Rice later said.

Linebacker Terrell Suggs added: "It's amazing and it's sad all at the same time."

With 227 starts since being drafted by the Ravens in the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft, Lewis is the beating heart of this organization and its most vocal in Baltimore's quest to return to the Super Bowl.

"Everything I've done is to make another run at the Lombardi," Lewis said Wednesday.

His final chance -- and our last look at this future Hall of Famer -- begins Sunday.


Follow Marc Sessler on Twitter @MarcSesslerNFL.



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#2 : January 02, 2013, 02:06:23 PM

Urlacher is probably done too. End of an era.


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#3 : January 02, 2013, 02:08:04 PM

Ray Lewis is the best MLB and leader of football team I've ever seen.  One of a kind.


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#4 : January 02, 2013, 02:49:35 PM

Few can inspire others like he can....props to the man:



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#5 : January 02, 2013, 03:01:58 PM

I thought it said SLICES em up...my bad....

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#6 : January 02, 2013, 03:07:25 PM

Hopefully Ronde will call it quits and join Ray Lewis in Akron five years from now.
I assume you are gonna delete that post but I'll correct you regardless. The hall of fame is in Canton.


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#7 : January 02, 2013, 03:41:39 PM

Canton, Akron, Lima...have you been to Ohio?  All those cities look the same....lol...

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#8 : January 02, 2013, 03:54:02 PM

Canton, Akron, Lima...have you been to Ohio?  All those cities look the same....lol...

He has a point lol.....although I will say a trip to Canton should be on every football fans bucket list.

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#9 : January 02, 2013, 04:07:50 PM

So weird to see some of the greats come.....and go. Lets me know i'm getting old.

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 I thought Lovie said he wanted quickness & speed, even at the QB position?

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#10 : January 02, 2013, 05:07:54 PM

It's about time.   Good riddance to Lewis.   I never liked that thug.


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#11 : January 02, 2013, 05:14:32 PM

One of the best that ever did it. I'm glad I got to see that guy play.

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#12 : January 02, 2013, 05:20:20 PM

Damn nasty football player. Incredible intimidator, unquestioned destroyer, unique athlete.

But he most likely got away with something most foul.


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#13 : January 02, 2013, 05:21:33 PM

But he most likely got away with something most foul.

He's scum.   It's a shame the NFL let his career last so long.


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#14 : January 02, 2013, 06:27:25 PM

But he most likely got away with something most foul.

He's scum.   It's a shame the NFL let his career last so long.

That's a little harsh , Java. Let's be fair.

 I mean the worst thing he ever did was .... murder some guy in cold blood. No big deal right ?

What is your point? I was wrong? Ok. You win. I was wrong.

           
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