There comes a time in every great athlete’s life where they’ve got to hang up their cleats and call it a career. For future Hall of Famer Ray Lewis, that time is drawing near.

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Earlier today Lewis, who has been out since week six with a triceps tear, announced that this season will be his final in the league. "I talked to [my team] about life in general,” Lewis said. “And everything that starts has an end. For me, today, I told my team that this will be my last ride.” That means, regardless of how long the Ravens last in this post season, Sunday’s game against the Colts will be his last in Baltimore.

Over his incredible 17 year career Lewis made 13 Pro Bowls and was named Defensive Player of the Year twice. In 2000 he led his Ravens to a Super Bowl championship, anchoring a defense that is widely considered to be the best since the 1985 Chicago Bears.