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Ray Lewis on retirement: 'Absolutely not'

Posted on: January 23, 2012 1:23 am
Edited on: January 23, 2012 8:05 am
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Lewis says he will 'absolutely not' retire after 2011. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

Way back in August, Ravens linebacker told CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman that if Baltimore won the Super Bowl, he'd strongly consider riding off into the sunset to spend more time with his family.

But after a loss to in New England leaves Lewis and the Ravens two wins short, is the linebacker still thinking about retirement? "Absolutely not," he said Sunday.

"I’m hungry again," Lewis said after Sunday's game. "I'm thirsty again. Is this my last time as a Raven? Absolutely not."


There are lots of reasons for Lewis to retire: he's old(er), he's got a Super Bowl ring, he wants to spend time with his family and he's a step slower than he was in his heyday.

But he's also coming back to a team that will absolutely compete for a Super Bowl again, and one that might be even better than this year's rendition, depending on how they address some issues (Ray Rice's contract, for one) in the offseason.

And even if Lewis has lost a step physically, he's still the engine that makes the Ravens mighty defense go; look no further than a recent column from our own Pete Prisco, who pointed out just how much Lewis motivates his younger teammates.

A lot can change between now and next season, but it's hard to imagine, especially given his comments Sunday, that Lewis won't be back on the field doing the same thing.

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Comments

Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 5:21 pm
 

Ray Lewis on retirement: 'Absolutely not'

WHERE'S THE WHITE SUITE, RAY???



Since: Oct 25, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 12:38 pm
 

Ray Lewis on retirement: 'Absolutely not'

Please come back Ray.  Next year, instead of being two steps behind Wes Welker on crossing patterns, you'll be three and maybe he'll break it for some serious yardage.  Other than Barry Sanders, who was playing on a bad team that had no chance to win, why do NFL players always stick around one year too long instead of leaving before they start getting embarrassed?  And in Ray's case, please don't say it's the money, he could walk out of the clubhouse into an ESPN gig paying big bucks tomorrow, apart from the fact that he's already loaded.   If he was playing for Belichick he would get traded to Kansas City by March.



Since: May 15, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2012 12:29 pm
 

Ray Lewis on retirement: 'Absolutely not'

If Ray Lewis is a criminal shouldn't he settle with the victims then. You know like Big Ben did. Oh I forgot, Ben was innocent. I often give money to people who wrongfully accuse me of crimes.



Since: May 15, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2012 12:27 pm
 

Ray Lewis on retirement: 'Absolutely not'

Too bad for you steven that the Giants beat the Patriots this year and ended that cheat filled 16-0 season. Get a clue.




Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: January 23, 2012 11:17 am
 

Ray Lewis on retirement: 'Absolutely not'

Play on Ray i for one would hate to see you go and the Ravens get a backer who don't hold the team back. Just please please don't show up at the same superbowl party I'm going to I'm not ready to die.



Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:41 am
 

Ray Lewis on retirement: 'Absolutely not'

hes a pos



Since: Jan 25, 2009
Posted on: January 23, 2012 10:13 am
 

Ray Lewis on retirement: 'Absolutely not'

He says that now!  Wait till he kills someone else and gets busted for it this time!



Since: Mar 11, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 9:47 am
 

Ray Lewis on retirement: 'Absolutely not'

Of course the ravens will be better next year. For starters, they'll have a better kicker. There's no way that guy from yesterday is gonna still be around next year. Tongue out



Since: May 27, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 9:46 am
 

Ray Lewis on retirement: 'Absolutely not'

Good for Ray. He's still awesome.



Since: Jan 26, 2011
Posted on: January 23, 2012 9:33 am
 

Ray Lewis on retirement: 'Absolutely not'

Ray Lewis can still play at a high level and should be allowed to keep playing as long as he continues to produce for the Baltimore Ravens. I know he's getting near the end and I'm aware he's lost a step, but he's still a very valuable player for the Ravens defense. Some people are acting like this man is out there stumbling around and needs to retire, give me a break. 

I still enjoy watching him play the game and he made some plays in yesterday's game. I'm not a Ravens fan, but I look forward to watching Ray Lewis play the game of football next season!


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