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Ray Lewis: This will be my last ride

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04:56 PM ET 01.02 | Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis could be suiting up for his final game in Baltimore when he leads the Ravens defense against the Indianapolis Colts in the wildcard round of the NFL Playoffs this weekend. Lewis, who has put together a Hall of Fame career, said that he will be hanging up his cleats and calling it a career following this season. "This will be my last ride," Lewis said. Lewis' son, Ray Lewis III, will be starting his college football career next season at the University of Miami and Lewis has already said he wants to be retired so he can watch his son play. It appears that Lewis is serious about becoming a full-time dad and that will require him to be there every weekend when his son suits up for Lewis' beloved "U."

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January 3, 2013  09:01 AM ET

Greatest of All Time.

January 3, 2013  09:05 AM ET

BEAST!

January 3, 2013  09:13 AM ET

Hats off to you, Mr. Lewis.

January 3, 2013  09:28 AM ET

Eh, hard to overlook his involvement in getting murderers off the hook by obstructing justice.

January 3, 2013  09:33 AM ET

Now the inevitable "where does he fit in the pantheon of HOF middle linebackers". If I had a choice of any of the players in that discussion, when they were in their prime, I vote for Butkus 1st and a tie for second between Lewis and Singletary.

January 3, 2013  09:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Eh, hard to overlook his involvement in getting murderers off the hook by obstructing justice.

C'mon. Lighten up. Wasn't like it was a mass murder. Just a bar fight.

January 3, 2013  09:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Now the inevitable "where does he fit in the pantheon of HOF middle linebackers". If I had a choice of any of the players in that discussion, when they were in their prime, I vote for Butkus 1st and a tie for second between Lewis and Singletary.

Here's a more sensible list of top LB's... Lawrence Taylor 1st, Ray Lewis 2nd, and Butkus 3rd. After that it's a crap shoot..

January 3, 2013  10:23 AM ET

Enjoy yourself man, go out there and have some fun!!!

January 3, 2013  10:39 AM ET
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Here's a more sensible list of top LB's... Lawrence Taylor 1st, Ray Lewis 2nd, and Butkus 3rd. After that it's a crap shoot..

I was thinking only of middle linebackers. As far as outside linebackers, LT is clear #1.

January 3, 2013  02:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Now the inevitable "where does he fit in the pantheon of HOF middle linebackers". If I had a choice of any of the players in that discussion, when they were in their prime, I vote for Butkus 1st and a tie for second between Lewis and Singletary.

Butkus gets my vote over Lewis for a simple reason. Butkus dominated while playing on a defense of journeymen players. The only quality teammate that Butkus had was RB Gale Sayers whose HOF career was cut short by injury. Otherwise, the Bears were a joke. Lewis has been supported by All-Pro's like Reed, Ngata, Woodson, Suggs, Boulware, McCrary, McCallister and others. To me, Butkus was clearly better.

January 3, 2013  02:40 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Eh, hard to overlook his involvement in getting murderers off the hook by obstructing justice.

Those goons thought they could gang up on him 3 on 1 and they lost.

January 3, 2013  02:44 PM ET
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Butkus gets my vote over Lewis for a simple reason. Butkus dominated while playing on a defense of journeymen players. The only quality teammate that Butkus had was RB Gale Sayers whose HOF career was cut short by injury. Otherwise, the Bears were a joke. Lewis has been supported by All-Pro's like Reed, Ngata, Woodson, Suggs, Boulware, McCrary, McCallister and others. To me, Butkus was clearly better.

Are you calling the Bears D a joke? Singletary along with Richard Dent, Wilbur Marshall, Steve McMichael and Dave Duerson jokes?

January 3, 2013  03:04 PM ET
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Are you calling the Bears D a joke? Singletary along with Richard Dent, Wilbur Marshall, Steve McMichael and Dave Duerson jokes?

The players you mentioned were all great but none of them were ever Butkus' teammate. They were all on the 1985 Bears Super Bowl winning team. Butkus retired in 1973 from knee injuries. I agree that Butkus would have been unbelievable if he had them as teammates or even some of the Bears defenders from their '63 World Championship. But his career spanned from 1965 to 73 and the Bears in those years sucked except for Butkus and Sayers. Please re-read my original post.

January 3, 2013  03:22 PM ET

Mr. Lewis, you were always a worthy opponent, and you will be missed.

--3riverbabe, lifelong Steelers fan

 
January 3, 2013  10:28 PM ET

Ray Lewis. Murderer.

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