Ray Lewis plans to retire at season’s end

Ray Lewis is widely considered to be one of the greatest linebakers of all time (Photo by Nick Wass, AP)

All good things come to an end. There is nothing more evident about that statement than the recent decision by Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis to retire at the conclusion of this season. Lewis publicly announced his decision Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013.  Over the duration of his decorated career, Lewis has instilled fear into his opponents as well as inspiration for many other players across the NFL.  He was MVP of Super Bowl XXXV when he led his Baltimore Raven’s to a 34-7 thrashing of the New York Giants. He also grabbed NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors in 2000 and 2003.

With the Ravens preparing for their 2013 playoff run, this 17-year veteran would like nothing more than to hoist the Lombardi Trophy before hanging up the cleats.

“This will be my last ride,” Lewis told his team via twitter. Lewis went on to say “Everything thats starts, has an end. I feel at peace with my decision.”

Lewis has been sidelined the majority of this season when he sustained a tricep injury in a home victory against the Dallas Cowboys Oct. 14, 2012. This Sunday will be his first game since the injury as Lewis and his Ravens play host to the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, Jan. 6.

“This sunday will be the last time you see number 52 on the field at M&T Bank Stadium,” said Lewis as he concluded his press conference.

Lewis will end his career having been selcted to the Pro Bowl 13 times. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest linebackers of all time.