Ravens star linebacker Ray Lewis to retire

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Baltimore Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis pumps up his team versus San Diego at M&T Bank Stadium, Baltimore, Maryland, October 1, 2006. The Ravens won 16-13. (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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