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Discussion in 'Tennessee Titans and NFL Talk' started by finz50, Jan 2, 2013.
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.
"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.
Good, I'm tired of hearing that f'er on NFL Network and on ESPN Sunday Countdown.
one of the great murderers to ever play the game
Amazing player with tons of passion
Whether anyone thinks he was guilty or not (I actually think yes), hes become a different person since then. Cant help but admire his passion.
and we see all our old rivalries unraveling right before our eyes..
Oh well, we've still got the Jaguars
I love Ray Lewis. Sad to see him retire. One of the few physical players left in the league. One of like 2 Ravens players I actually like (Ray Rice being #2).
Will not miss.
The best to ever do it. I hate the Ravens and always will but I've got absolutely nothing but love for Ray Lewis. That is a man of God and a true class act.
Ray Ray would make one hell of a defensive coach! Too bad Munch doesn't have Ray Lewis's fire!