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Drafted in the first round of the Baltimore Ravens first draft in 1996, Ray Lewis announced today that he is retiring at the end of this season.
With the Ravens facing the Indianapolis Colts at home this Sunday — and Lewis scheduled to play after sitting out two and a half months with an injury — this could be the future Hall-of-Famer’s last game.
A triceps injury in a mid-October game against the Dallas Cowboys started Lewis thinking about his future and retirement, according to BaltimoreRavens.com. In the end, Lewis decided to go through intensive rehabilitation to return to the field one more time this season. He informed his teammates of his decision this morning.
''I talked to my team today,'' Lewis said Wednesday, according to Yahoo Sports. "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.''
Lewis is a 13-time Pro Bowl selection and a two-time Defensive Player of the Year. He was also named Most Valuable Player in the Ravens’ Super Bowl win in 2001.