Ravens’ Ray Lewis will retire at end of season

January 3, 2013

Baltimore’s Ray Lewis

The Baltimore Ravens’ Ray Lewis announced Wednesday that he will retire at the end of the season after 17 years in the NFL, all of them with Baltimore. The Ravens are currently in the playoffs, with a wild card match-up on Sunday, so Lewis will retire whenever the team’s playoff run ends, either with elimination or a Super Bowl victory. Although Lewis has been out since mid-October with a torn right triceps, the 13-time Pro Bowl linebacker plans to play on Sunday. The 37-year-old Lewis said he’s leaving the game because he wants to spend more time with his sons, and stated, ”Everything that starts has an end.” Lewis’ career also includes being named Super Bowl MVP in 2001 when the Ravens beat the New York Giants 34-7, and being the only player in NFL history with at least 40 career sacks and 30 interceptions.

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