Ravens star linebacker Ray Lewis to retire

SAN DIEGO - NOVEMBER 25: Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on from the sideline against the San Diego Chargers during their NFL Game at Qualcomm Stadium November 25, 2007 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/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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