Ray Lewis announced that he will retire at the end of the playoffs

Ray Lewis will retire at the end of this season, as one of the greatest linebackers of all time

1/2/13 in NFL   |   Pat   |   5138 respect

September 23, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis (52) high fives fans after beating the New England Patriots 31-30 at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY SportsRay Lewis has been one of the biggest defensive forces in the NFL for over a decade and a half, and he's finally calling it quits as soon as the Ravens' postseason run is over. [Source: Ravens twitter page]

He announced his intentions today.

Lewis' list of achievements includes 13 Pro Bowl appearances, 7 times selected to the All-Pro first team, a Super Bowl MVP, and two Defensive Player of the Year awards.

Lewis will certainly go down as one of the greatest linebackers ever to play the game.

He led the Ravens' defense for more than a decade, and was a huge reason they've been a defensive powerhouse for much of his career.

According to pro-football-reference.com, his career can be most closely compared to Lawrence Taylor, Mike Singletary, Jack Lambert, and other current and future Hall of Famers.

Once the Ravens' season is over, he'll finally hang up his cleats for good, and he'll be able to spend some time at his alma mater, watching his son Ray Lewis III play for the University of Miami.

Congratulations to Ray Lewis on an incredible career.
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1/7/13   |   chevleclair   |   374 respect

Ray Lewis is more than just a football player. Like Walter Payton, Jim Brown, or Steve Largent, he is a rare top-notch player that if a martian knocked on my door and asked me what kind of human being would you most want to be like in body, heart, and soul, Ray Lewis would be one of the men I'd name. I can't think of anyone else on this planet who can dance like he does and energize not only teammates, but fans of both teams as well. Not only will football take the loss upon his retirement, but sports in this world, whether they know him or not, will not be the better to see him hang up his cleats for good.

1/3/13   |   kobe_lova   |   59487 respect

Sad, but knew it was coming. I'm glad I was able to watch him play all of these years.

1/3/13   |   sosamature   |   89 respect

It will be a loss to football ...The End of a great area

1/3/13   |   kramer   |   11003 respect

He's been the face of the Ravens since the day they moved to Baltimore.  He's been a huge part of what has made the Steelers/Ravens rivalry one of the best in all of football for so many years, and played the game the way it was meant to be played.  It's just not going to be the same without #52 on the field...guess it's time to start the countdown to Canton.  Happy trails, Ray Ray, you will be missed.

1/2/13   |   jaysinw   |   4843 respect

It is good to see him go, while he still could play some instead of hanging around and becoming nothing but a shell of that great player which put fear in RBs, WRs, TEs & QBs from other teams.  I do hope to see him on the sidelines coaching somewhere in the near future college or pros. Thank you and good bye Ray Lewis.

1/2/13   |   Scott   |   49508 respect

I never got to see Dick Butkus play but that is what I imagine when I see Ray Lewis.  Fierce competitor who was tough as nails and always looking to make a running back or wide receiver pay everytime they came into the middle of the field

1/2/13   |   JenX63   |   31556 respect

I love this guy. 

1/2/13   |   Jess   |   32868 respect

Aww say it ain't so, Ray! I know it was expected, but it's still a bummer - he's one of my very favorite players to watch.

1/2/13   |   huskerdoug2009   |   2745 respect

Both on and off the field, this man has turned himself into a role model and inspires other's to bring their best to whatever they do everyday and for that I will truly miss him.  Baltimore is losing the heart and soul of their franchise.