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BALTIMORE - OCTOBER 15: Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens enters the stadium before a game against the Carolina Panthers at M&T Bank Stadium on October 15, 2006 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Panthers defeated the Ravens 23-21. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Ray Lewis will retire after Super Bowl

January 2, 2013

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.