December 30, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Injured Baltimore Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis (52) watches a replay on the scoreboard during the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Cincinnati won the game 23-17. Mandatory Credit: Greg Bartram-USA TODAY Sports

Ray Lewis Announces He'll Retire at end of Season



It would appear as though the Baltimore Ravens will be losing their future hall-of-fame  middle linebacker, as Ray Lewis has now given the indication that he’s set to retire this offseason, which would end his 17-year career.

Lewis’ future was already cloudy after he suffered a biceps  tear during the fourth-quarter of the teams’ 31-29 victory over the Dallas Cowboys. Being a 37-year old linebacker in his 17th NFL season, we may have seen the last of one of the greatest defensive players of all-time. Prior to his injury, Lewis lead the team with 57 tackles, but the biggest thing the Ravens will miss is his emotional and inspiring leadership on the field.

While he’ll be missed by his peers and teammates, Lewis won’t be leaving the game in the prime of his career  According to ESPN Stats & Information, the Ravens have allowed fewer yards per play over the past five seasons with Lewis off the field (4.3) than on it (4.9). That also goes for touchdowns allowed with Lewis off the field (one in 59.2 plays) compared to when he’s on it (one in every 40.5 plays).


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