NFL Great Ray Lewis to Retire

Future Hall of Famer is done after the playoffs

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 2, 2013 12:14 PM CST

(Newser) – This probably isn't great news for the Indianapolis Colts, who play the Baltimore Ravens Sunday in a first-round playoff game. The Ravens' superb and ferocious Ray Lewis has a big incentive to play even harder: It could be his last game. The future Hall of Famer announced today that he's retiring after 17 seasons when the playoffs end, reports the Baltimore Sun. "I've ran my course," he said. "It's time for me to create a different legacy." The Sun says he's "in the conversation as one of the best middle linebackers in NFL history." See Bleacher Report for reaction and more on his career.

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is introduced before a game against the New England Patriots in September.
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is introduced before a game against the New England Patriots in September.   (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis wears eye black showing the initials of the late Ravens owner Art Modell.
Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis wears eye black showing the initials of the late Ravens owner Art Modell.   (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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