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BALTIMORE - NOVEMBER 21: Linebacker Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on before facing the Dallas Cowboys during the game at M&T Bank Stadium on November 21, 2004 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Cowboys 30-10. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Ray Lewis will retire after Super Bowl

On Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013, Ray Lewis announced he will retire after 17 seasons to spend more time with his sons. On Sunday, Jan. 20, 2013, Lewis helped lead the Ravens to a win over the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game. The fearsome 13-time Pro Bowl linebacker symbolizes the NFL – not just the Ravens, says Yahoo! Sports' Jason Cole, and is well known for his explosive personality.