Ray Lewis told the team today “this will be my last ride.”
— Baltimore Ravens (@Ravens) January 2, 2013
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).