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Ravens star linebacker Ray Lewis to retire

NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 10: Wide receiver Justin Gage #12 of the Tennessee Titans looks to avoid a tackle by Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens in the second quarter during the AFC Divisional Playoff Game on January 10, 2009 at LP Field in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/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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