Ravens’ Lewis to retire

Lewis was the fourth linebacker selected in the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft.

(SportsData) – The Baltimore Ravens announced Wednesday that linebacker Ray Lewis told teammates he will be retiring at the end of this season, saying “this will be my last ride.”

Lewis, 37, is iffy for Sunday’s AFC Wild Card playoff game against the Indianapolis Colts because of a torn right triceps that has sidelined him since Oct. 14. The Ravens activated him from the Injured Reserve/designated for return list last week in advance of their regular-season finale so that he would be eligible for their postseason roster.

Lewis is a 13-time Pro Bowler and seven-time first-team All-Pro selection. He was the MVP of Super Bowl XXXV in 2000 and has twice been named NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2000 and 2003). In 228 career regular-season games, Lewis has 1,573 tackles, 31 interceptions, 20 fumble recoveries and 41.5 sacks.

Said teammate Ray Rice: “I can’t picture Baltimore without him. Baltimore is Ray Lewis.”


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