Ravens star linebacker Ray Lewis to retire

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FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots is hit as he throws the ball by Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/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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