Ravens star linebacker Ray Lewis to retire

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BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 23: Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens takes the field during player introductions against the New England Patriots at M&T Bank Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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Ray Lewis, who hasn't played since October because of a torn right triceps, announced he will retire after 17 seasons to spend more time with his sons. 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.

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