Ravens star linebacker Ray Lewis to retire

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BALTIMORE - NOVEMBER 21: Linebacker Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on before facing the Dallas Cowboys during the game at M&T Bank Stadium on November 21, 2004 in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens defeated the Cowboys 30-10. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/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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