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PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 6: Linebacker Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens talks to a teammate on the sideline during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on November 6, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Ravens defeated the Steelers 23-20. (Photo by George Gojkovich/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.