After spending 17 seasons in the NFL, Ravens’ LB Ray Lewis has announced that he will be retiring after this season comes to an end.
Lewis informed his teammates today that this [season] “will be my last ride.” The veteran linebacker seeks to play in Baltimore’s playoff match-up against the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday.
Lewis told the Baltimore Sun, “Now, God is calling. God is calling in so many other areas of my life and my children have made the ultimate sacrifice for their father, the ultimate for 17 years. Whether it’s jump on the plane, jump right back, go to school, and I don’t want to see them do no more. I’ve done what I wanted to do in this business and now, it’s my turn to give them back something. It’s either hold onto the game or keep playing or let my kids miss out on times we could be sharing together. I promised my son if he got a full-ride scholarship, daddy was going to be there. I can’t miss that. I don’t know if I could sit in a meeting room and fight with that war.
Dating back to his rookie year in 1996, Lewis has played in 228 games, amassed 1,558 total tackles, recorded 31 interceptions and has 41.5 sacks.
Lewis has been selected to 13 Pro Bowls and is a Super Bowl MVP.
His son, Ray Lewis III, is following in the old man’s footsteps and is currently committed to the University of Miami (FL.), where his father starred. Lewis III, 5-9 175, is ranked the No. 87 best running back in the nation according to the 247Composite and attends Lake Mary Prep in Florida.
I, for one, will miss Lewis’ trademark entrance on game day. You know the dance, right? Classic. He has made his mark on football and will one day be recognized in Canton, no doubt about it. Congratulations on an amazing career, Mr. Lewis and thank you for all you have done for Miami, as well as for the NFL.