As the old saying goes, all good things must come to an end. After spending more than 17 seasons in Baltimore, Ray Lewis has announced he’s ending his NFL career. But why? We’ll find out after the jump.
OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Ray Lewis spent 17 seasons instilling fear in his opponents while serving as an inspirational leader for the Baltimore Ravens. Now he’s poised and eager to become a full-time dad.
Lewis announced Wednesday he will end his brilliant NFL career after the Ravens complete their 2013 playoff run. Lewis has been sidelined since Oct. 14 with a torn right triceps. The 13-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker intends to return Sunday to face the Indianapolis Colts in what will almost certainly be his final home game.
”Everything that starts has an end,” the 37-year-old Lewis said. ”For me, today, I told my team that this will be my last ride. God is calling, My children have made the ultimate sacrifice for their father for 17 years. I don’t want to see them do that no more. I’ve done what I wanted to do in this business, and now it’s my turn to give them something back.”
That’s why Lewis will pull off his No. 52 uniform for the last time after the Ravens lose or claim their second Super Bowl title.
”It’s either (that or) hold onto the game and keep playing and let my kids miss out on times we can be spending together,” Lewis said. ”Because I always promised my son if he got a full ride on scholarship Daddy is going to be there, I can’t miss that.” – AP