Ravens star linebacker Ray Lewis to retire

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FILE - This Sept. 10, 2012 file photo shows Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis wearing eye black showing the initials of former Ravens owner Art Modell before an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Baltimore. Lewis will end his brilliant 17-year NFL career after the Ravens complete their 2013 playoff run.  "I talked to my team today," Lewis said Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013. "I talked to them about life in general. And everything that starts has an end. For me, today, I told my team that this will be my last ride." (AP Photo/Nick Wass, FIle)

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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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