Ravens star linebacker Ray Lewis to retire

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Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis dances during pre-game introductions October 4, 2004 on Monday Night Football at Baltimore, Maryland. The 0 - 3 Chiefs defeated the Ravens 27 - 24. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/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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