Ravens star linebacker Ray Lewis to retire

CINCINNATI - NOVEMBER 30: Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on before the game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium on November 30, 2006 in Cincinnati, Ohio. The Bengals defeated the Ravens 13-7. (Photo by Joe Robbins/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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