Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis plans to retire after 2012 season

Lewis was Super Bowl XXV MVP, 13-time Pro Bowler


The most dominant linebacker in this generation says that he plans on retiring after this season.

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis told reporters Wednesday at press conference that he plans on leaving the NFL after 17-seasons.

Lewis was Super Bowl XXXV MVP and was selected to the Pro Bowl 13-times. He was also a two-time Defensive Player of the Year and a ten-time All-Pro.

"This will be my last ride," Lewis said according to the Baltimore Sun. "It's time for me to create a new legacy." 

Lewis, 37, lost most of this season due to a torn triceps injury on Oct. 14 against the Dallas Cowboys. It is unknown if he will return from injury to join the rest of his teammates as the Ravens play against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday in the AFC Wild Card Playoffs. Ravens running back Ray Rice talked about how much Lewis meant to the Ravens.

"Baltimore is Ray Lewis," Rice told the newspaper. "I can't picture Baltimore without him."

Lewis was the drafted out of the University of Miami by the Ravens with the 26th pick of the 1996 draft.



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