BREAKING: Ray Lewis planning to retire after this season

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Ray Lewis is reportedly retiring at the end of the 2012 season. (Credit: AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Ray Lewis is reportedly retiring at the end of the 2012 season. (Credit: AP Photo/Nick Wass)

It seems that the legendary defense of the Baltimore Ravens could be on its last legs. Star linebacker Ray Lewis has been the epitome of the Ravens franchise and was with the team when they won Super Bowl 35 against the New York Giants. A report by ESPN’s AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley released Wednesday says that Lewis plans to retire at the end of this season, following the Ravens’ 2012 playoff run.

According to the report, Lewis told the team Wednesday that “this is my last ride.” Lewis also added that “it is time for [him] to create a new legacy” outside of football.

The 37-year-old Lewis was drafted by the Ravens in the first round of the 1996 NFL draft and has become a fixture of the franchise, and a face of the NFL, since then. Lewis has compiled 2,050 tackles, 41.5 sacks, and 31 interceptions in his career and is a surefire first-ballot Hall of Famer.

At this time, Lewis isn’t even ready to say that he will be able to play in Saturday’s Wild Card matchup with the Colts. Lewis has been returned to the active roster but is still recovering from a torn triceps muscle suffered against Dallas on October 14th.

Lewis’ retirement would be a saddening loss for the NFL and fans of all 32 teams. Lewis is one of the league’s most beloved and noticeable players. He has had a fantastic career and his presence will be missed by the Ravens and the league as a whole.

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