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CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 20: Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on during a game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on December 20, 1998 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Ravens 24-3. (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.