Ravens' Ray Lewis to Retire at Postseason's End

The linebacker is in his 17th season with the Ravens.

Baltimore Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis will retire at the end of the team's run in the current postseason.

Lewis made the announcement while speaking to the media early Wednesday afternoon. The Ravens' Twitter feed said he told the team, "This will be my last ride."

Lewis, the MVP of the Ravens' last Super Bowl in 2001, will have spent his entire 17-season career with Baltimore. Lewis, a first-round pick for the Ravens in 1996 (their first season in Baltimore) has been selected for 13 Pro Bowls and has three times been named the AFC defensive player of the year, in 2000, 2001 and 2003.

Video will be added to this story as soon as it is available. Check out our photo gallery of Ray Lewis in action and out in Patch communites.

You tell us: What is your favorite Ray Lewis moment? What will you miss most about him?

kl January 03, 2013 at 07:59 PM
As a "victim" of crime, when I was there face to face with the criminal, worked with him, knew his name and address, oh yeah, got part of his crimes on video tape, .... I can tell you, if they charge a person, they've got a lot of evidence and very strong reason to believe they are guilty. However because the person "gets off" sure doesn't mean they were not guilty !!!!
Otto Schmidlap January 04, 2013 at 05:15 AM
What about that G. H. Ruth fellow?
Evets January 05, 2013 at 12:05 AM
Actually found not guilty, or more accurately, "not proven guilty." Small detail, big difference. Still stand by my post above.
FIFA January 05, 2013 at 12:18 AM
I disagree with you Evets, "innocent until proven guilty" is the standard. Not proven guilty, means innocent in my book.
Evets January 05, 2013 at 12:56 AM
You are free to disagree. However, follow this scenario: FIFA kills a man. There is not much evidence, but enough for a grand jury to bring an indictment. FIFA goes to trial. The state presents its case (rather weakly), and FIFA's dedicated defense attorney puts lots of holes in the evidence. The jury deliberates, comes back, and declares FIFA "Not Guilty." Is FIFA innocent? Certainly not in the accepted meaning of that word. He has simply not been proven guilty beyond the common law standard of reasonable doubt. That is the standard, after all. And in our system, even people who we presume are obviously guilty are treated, legally, as though they are innocent until the state proves otherwise. By the way, the commonly uttered "innocent until proven guilty" is nowhere codified in the Constitution nor the Declaration of Independence. The term comes to us from English jurisprudence (also known as common law) and is implied in the provisions of the 5th and 6th Amendments. Interesting that in posts for another article here on Patch ("Postponed Hearing Could Delay Accused Perry Hall Student Shooter's Trial") there is very little of this "presumption of innocence" for Mr. Gladden. Most people seem to have little doubt that this boy should be immediately locked away for life, or at least for a long time. There is no doubt that the boy is guilty, but the burden is still on the state to prove this. If they fail to do so, is Mr Gladden innocent? Hardly.


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