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[News] Ray Lewis' Final Ride

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The words stuck in his throat at first, but Lewis revealed it's time to retire – on his own terms.

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I think its really time for Ray to a serious Talk with Flacco. After this year, Its officially his team.
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When you factor in all of the individual and team accomplishments that Ray has achieved with his ability to inspire and led men on and off the field, Ray Lewis is simply the greatest player to ever play in the NFL. There never was and will never be another player like Ray Lewis.
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I once had a boss in the Air Force who used to say: "Sooner or later you will retire from the Air Force and your family will still be there unless you screw it up first"
Ray is a great player and now gets to prove he is a great parent as well. He will leave a legacy in two worlds.
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I cant belive it this can b the last home game for ray i cant imagine him not there ya hes been injured but we know he was coming back but everyone knows we have to move on. Black wednesday
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Baltimore will make it pretty simple. Thanks. Thanks for the blood, sweat, and tears you've put into this team, city, community. Thank you Ray.
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I think its also important to know that Ed is also 34 ... And he doesnt have a ring. Which he deserves. There will be 2 guys on that field Sunday that have hard earned a Superbowl Ring.
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Thank you Ray! For your love for the game and heart as a player! 15 years ago it changed the way I was living and breathing Football %u2013 it made me (from Germany) a Raven and that will never change! I never made it to Baltimore for a Game to see you live %u2013 but I never missed a single game %u2026 live statistics or radio broadcast in a time without internet TV-streams when the Ravens game wasn`t scheduled for the 3 live Games we got on a game day %u2026 what a great player and person on and off the field! A great inspiration for many! Not only in sport!
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I don't know if I can even really take all of this in right now. It's something that I knew was coming one day, but was never really prepared for. By no means can I blame him for his decision. You have to respect what he's done for this organization and for us as fans. He has definitely earned this right, it's just hard to live with.
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I hope that we can send RAY out with another ring! We have been there... we have knocked on that door and have been so close... It is time!

No matter what... Ray Lewis has been the face of the RAVENS since day #1 . His star has burned a little brighter then most... Ray...wether he is with this team or not has helped to set an expectation and a standard in Baltimore that most teams just never reach.

RaY your legacy will be felt in Blatimore long after your retirement. Everybody drafted by this franchise has to aspire to a bar that you have set extremely high!
RAY LEWIS... is the RAVENS.... and will continue to be so- long after he is gone

But Ray Lewis...has found that before he is a RAVEN he is a father and a MAN! Proud to see the greatest LB of all time is an even better person!

THATS A LEAGACY!
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So, to all those who jumped all over some of us for saying this was his last year.....there you go.
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W0W,... Trent Dilfer just gave Ray a rousing endorsement to the Man! He said, whether it was game preparation, play, or personal problems, when he talks, you listen because,... you trust him!!!

Then, he said something heavy! Who will step up and be that LEADER?
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Even if the Ravens don't make the Superbowl this year, it won't tarnish anything. Lewis is still the greatest Raven to ever wear the uniform. :)
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Here's hoping that Ray starts working with former Colt/NFL All-Pro Joe Ehrmann. Together, those two guys could not only change the way young footballers are coached, they could change this culture of violence and the F'ed up definition of "manhood" that our country currently ascribes to.
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"It's time for me to create a new legacy"

I've been blessed in the last 17 years to have Ray Lewis in my life. No, i don't know him and he probably doesn't know who i am, but the impact he has had is definitely a legacy he has left. I shook his hand once years back, and even just the smile and handshake, the man has an aura of positivity that you would have to blind and deaf to miss. Ray Lewis is more than a football player. He is an illustration of what hard work, discipline, rising above, and 110% is all about. When I feel down on myself, I get motivation from 52. The way he played is definitely how he lived. The love he has for the game, his team, and his family is something i will always put into my mind as i walk in life. How amazing sports is. How a simple sport can birth a man with the ability to change the world. I am blessed to know you. Charm city is blessed. Let's get a second lombardi before you hang it up Mr. Lewis.
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[quote name='CxM_27' timestamp='1357160807' post='1287244']
& I think #52 should be foribidden to be used hah. Thank you Ray, For everything!
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I agree, every Ravens fan in Baltimore has a #52 jersey that says "Lewis" on the back.. any other name would be.. just wrong.

I know he said he wouldn't coach, but I hope we see him again.. commentator, coach.. anything.
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"Ray Lewis wanted to make men better." Well I was 16 when the Ravens & Ray Ray came to town. Ray Ray you don't know me personally but you made men out of more than just your peers. Thank you for all the lessons you have bestowed upon us. You are the living word! God bless you for making everyone a better person. Everyone!!!!!! Superbowl XLVII for our city, glory and our famed general. Let's get it!!!!!!!!!! Let's beat the snot out of every team left in our way. 4 games left to show them that Ravens Defense!!!! Make them never forget your legacy.
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It wold be a perfect fairytale if he would win his second lombardi in his last game. The best (lb) who ever played the game ends his career with this trophy in his hands
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That's the way to do it, I think. It seems like it would be an easy decision to make, holding the Lombardi, to go out on a high note. But if you go in still debating and lose, how do you make that decision to hang it up? It seems to me like that would feel like giving up, and I don't believe that Lewis has an ounce of that in him. So make the decision that this is the last run, then pour everything into it, and give everyone else that much more reason to give it their all. It's gonna hurt that much more if we come up short, but at the same time it'll be that much sweeter if we make it. Nothing left to do but play the game. Games, I hope.
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Art Modell passes, Ray Lewis retires...This is the year. This playoffs are for the individuals who helped build the foundation for this organization. 2013 NFL Champions.
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I was Selfish for a moment! Didnt want him to go but, whom am I! If Ray Ray like it, I Love It! The man has too much Power over me, changed my eating habits and lost weight like him as well! That Announcement Fired Me Up! Hey Coach, I will be ready Sunday if you need me! "Built like Ray Rice, Heart like Ray Lewis"!
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This breaks my heart, but everyone knew it was coming. He is right, we all move on in life, and all chapters eventually come to a close. I am very glad i got to witness this man play, and not only that but being able to watch those great speeches, and just how great of a man he was. I am so pumped to watch him sunday, and i know M&T will be rocking. Let's make that run, now we have a little more inspiration. LET'S GOOOOO!!!
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Man I am sad beyond recognition. I can't help but feel sad for Ray Rice. He was chocking up the entire press conference. He kept saying over and over that he knew this day would come but there was no way you could prepare for it. I saw the Lewis conference when he announced his retirement and since he was so happy joking around with the reporters and at peace with his decision I was sad but still happy for him. When I saw Rice's interview it hit me for real. He is gone. This sucks. Even Suggs was sedated. He looked as if he got 100cc of pure liquid morphine shot straight into his veins. He even hinted that his day will come soon. I have a feeling ED could very well walk this year also. Damn 2013 is gonna suck unless we find a way to bring that championship home.
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THANK YOU RAY!

This guy gave everything to this organization, we're very thankful for that. I hope this being his last games brings a great motivation to all the players. Ray deserves to go out with a second ring in his finger!

GO RAVENS!
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I knew eventually this decision was gonna be made at some point and time.Not gonna be the same with out his inspirational speeches.I'm really gonna miss Ray Lewis...THE GREATEST MIDDLE LINEBACKER EVER!love you man!
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[quote name='krnraven' timestamp='1357164953' post='1287339']
"Ray Lewis wanted to make men better." Well I was 16 when the Ravens & Ray Ray came to town. Ray Ray you don't know me personally but you made men out of more than just your peers. Thank you for all the lessons you have bestowed upon us. You are the living word! God bless you for making everyone a better person. Everyone!!!!!! Superbowl XLVII for our city, glory and our famed general. Let's get it!!!!!!!!!! Let's beat the snot out of every team left in our way. 4 games left to show them that Ravens Defense!!!! Make them never forget your legacy.
[/quote]WOW! NO WAY!!! I was 16 too when i changed my ways because of ray lewis, i used to hate myself til this man spoke his heart all the time and help me change my perspective on life....bless that man's heart...if it wasn't for him i know i wouldnt be here when i was contemplating easy way outs of this world...this is it everyone... cherish all these last moments of ray lewis on the field wreaking havoc cuz these next games will be his finest....
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I am happy for Ray. He had a long wonderful career here in Baltimore and he deserves to move on in his retirement and be with his family, but damn I am going to miss the hell out of him.

I LOVE YOU RAY!
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we absolutely can't go down in the first round. As a matter of fact, we can't go down at all until we get to New Orleans (and if we get there, i highly doubt we'll be going down!)
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It's sad to hear about Ray Lewis retiring. We knew it would end someday, but what actually hearts the must is the fact that he led a top tier defense in the NFL for years, while Ravens Coach John Harbaugh put all his eggs in one basket with Joe Flacco, Cam Cameron, and a weak offense. If the Ravens QB was a guy name Donte Jones or some other African-American name he would have been gone a long time ago! Yea Flacco has a strong arm, but he is goofy, inconsistent, and lacks any kind of emotion or passion for the game. As a result of waiting on a "Great White Hope", Ray Lewis and other highly talented athletes were denied multiple Super Bowl titles! Flacco is a bum and he can't get it done!
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I am predicting it now ...

In 5 years, Ray Lewis III will be a Baltimore Raven,
and the Legend continues!!!

Thanks for the memories, Ray ... and those yet to come!!!

For those about to Rock,
We salute you!!!!!!
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We all knew this day would come. We tried not to think about it, and for some of us, denial
was a balm to soothe the tinge of pain that crept up when we allowed ourselves to acknowledge
the fact that it was a real inevitability. He's been called the heart and soul of the Ravens,
so it makes complete sense to me for this to feel like somebody died. Everyone ages, everyone
moves on through different chapters of their lives, and we can count ourselves as extremely
lucky to have been a part of this stage of this great man's life. Even as this door closes,
he continues to set an example for all of us by talking about the importance of being there
for his family. He already has so many young guys around the league that look up to him, that
call him for advice, and in that way he's been like a father to them as well.

I hope that as he leaves, there is not a single soul that is angry with his decision. I hope
that everyone has paid attention to a message he's been trying to send to everyone he comes
in contact with. Do for others more than you do for yourself. Be a leader by serving others.
Raise them up, and in doing so you raise yourself.

We will miss you, Ray. I hope the rest of the chapters in your book are even greater than
the ones you've shown us already. And who knows........maybe we'll see you in a purple and
black suit of a different kind someday, inspiring new Ravens from the sidelines as only you
can.

"Once more into the fray. Into the last good fight I'll ever know. Live and die on this day. Live and die on this day."

:baltimore-ravens:
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Ray..... Thank you for the years you have dedicated to this team. This city. This league. You will be missed, but not forgotten. Thank You Sir!
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[quote name='TPCRaven43' timestamp='1357174845' post='1287533']
It's sad to hear about Ray Lewis retiring. We knew it would end someday, but what actually [i][u][b]hearts the must [/b][/u][/i]is the fact that he led a top tier defense in the NFL for years, while Ravens Coach John Harbaugh put all his eggs in one basket with Joe Flacco, Cam Cameron, and a weak offense. If the Ravens QB was a guy name Donte Jones or some other African-American name he would have been gone a long time ago! Yea Flacco has a strong arm, but he is goofy, inconsistent, and lacks any kind of emotion or passion for the game. As a result of waiting on a "Great White Hope", Ray Lewis and other highly talented athletes were denied multiple Super Bowl titles! Flacco is a bum and he can't get it done!
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what "hurts the most" is cats with only 9 posts trying to dog Flacco when this thread is all about Ray Lewis' retirement. c'mon son!
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