Ravens star linebacker Ray Lewis to retire

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PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 6: Linebacker Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens talks to a teammate on the sideline during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on November 6, 2011 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Ravens defeated the Steelers 23-20. (Photo by George Gojkovich/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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