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Retirement? Lewis makes intentions clear

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08:03 AM ET 01.23 | It took a while, after losing a chance to return to the Super Bowl in most heartbreaking fashion, for Ray Lewis set the record straight. He got dressed in silence, he made sure his tie was straight and his jacket wasn't wrinkled. Then, he stood in the eye of a small media storm, smiled into the cameras, and put to bed questions about his future. "Is this my last game as a Raven? Absolutely not," Lewis said. "Let me answer that question before somebody asks it." ... He missed four games in the middle of the season with a toe injury, and had to answer questions locally and nationally about whether he'd lost a step and needed to come out of the game on passing plays.

The Baltimore Sun

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January 23, 2012  08:08 AM ET

He's still better than 90% of the linebackers in the game right now.

January 23, 2012  08:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He's still better than 90% of the linebackers in the game right now.

Right. I wasn't Ray's toe that cost the Ravens that game.

January 23, 2012  08:17 AM ET

Awesome linebacker, still has a lot lot in the tank.

January 23, 2012  08:24 AM ET
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Right. I wasn't Ray's toe that cost the Ravens that game.

Great avatar! No it wasn't. But it was someone elses toe.

January 23, 2012  08:25 AM ET

Damn, a hush just fell over the pool room...

January 23, 2012  08:31 AM ET

Glad to have him back. There was never a doubt

January 23, 2012  08:36 AM ET

Lewis said he'd retire if they won the Superbowl this year, but he's not going anywhere without another ring.

January 23, 2012  08:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

He's still better than 90% of the linebackers in the game right now.

Hey O! the avatar in remembrance of the passing of Cowboy Dave a year ago?

January 23, 2012  09:10 AM ET

AS much I as hate the SOB I gotta respect him, AFC north wouldn't be the same without him

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January 23, 2012  09:18 AM ET
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Hey O! the avatar in remembrance of the passing of Cowboy Dave a year ago?

Yep... January 25.

January 23, 2012  09:32 AM ET

Lee Evans..... Patriots MVP

January 23, 2012  09:48 AM ET

He had already mentioned several weeks ago that he would not retire until they go to the Super Bowl again.

January 23, 2012  10:18 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Yep... January 25.

Nice touch.

January 23, 2012  10:20 AM ET
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Lee Evans..... Patriots MVP

Those years he spent with the Bills never really go away.

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January 23, 2012  10:29 AM ET
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Not interested in giving Sterling Moore a little credit for reaching in and knocking the ball out?

Not really. There was absolutely no excuse for Evans to lose his concentration and allow the ball to be so easily poked out. He was obviously more preoccupied with his upcoming touchdown celebration. It cost them the Super Bowl.

January 23, 2012  10:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Nice touch.

Thanks... he was one of the few voices of reason around these parts.

 
January 23, 2012  10:33 AM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Not interested in giving Sterling Moore a little credit for reaching in and knocking the ball out?

I am...

Former SMU great Sterling Moore.

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