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BALTIMORE - SEPTEMBER 11: Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens gets ready before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at M&T Bank Stadium on September 11, 2005 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Colts defeated the Ravens 24-7. (Photo by Joe Robbins/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.