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SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 07: Inside linebacker Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens celebrates a defensive stop against the San Francisco 49ers at Monster Park on October 7, 2007 in San Francisco, California. Baltimore won the game 9-7. (Photo by Allen Kee/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.