Posted January 02, 2013

Ray Lewis to retire from NFL after Ravens season: ‘This will be my last ride’

NFL
Ray Lewis will retire from the NFL after the Ravens season. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Ray Lewis will retire from the NFL after the Ravens’ season. (Harry How/Getty Images)

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis announced on Wednesday that he will retire from the NFL after the Ravens finish their season, according to multiple reports including tweets from the team’s Twitter page, J. Michael of CSN Baltimore and Baltimore Sports Radio WNST.

Lewis said to reporters on Wednesday afternoon that ever since he went out with what was initially diagnosed as a season-ending injury in October, he’s had the chance to be a father again and the opportunity to spend more time with his kids is what convinced him to retire after the season. Lewis has been out since Oct. 14 with a torn triceps but is set to make his return Jan. 6 in Baltimore against the Indianapolis Colts.

If Lewis sticks to his word, he will retire with a number of accolades, including: Super Bowl XXXV Champion and Super Bowl XXXV MVP, 13 appearances in the Pro Bowl, two-time AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year and three-time AFC Defensive Player of the Year. He was drafted by the Ravens in the first round of the 1996 NFL Draft.


13 comments
Stevo1
Stevo1

What he was found guilty of and what he did are two different things.  See OJ.  Great athlete; lousy person.

jofish
jofish

His conduct afterwards doesn't magically bring back those two guys he stabbed.  If he wasn't an NFL player (and a star at that) he'd be in jail for life. Just look at the others involved. Dude deserves to be behind bars.

 

I have no problem being judged by my mistakes.  I agree that it would be unfair to say that you're an awful person if you stole something once or something like that.  I have absolutely ZERO problems with judging someone based on one mistake, if that mistake happens to be murder.  But hey, maybe that's just me. 

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

I know we'll hear from those that will only focus on the legal issues from a dozen years ago, forgetting he was only guilty of a misdemeanor, but he is one of the very best defensive players EVER. He also, after those legal problems, rehabilitated himself and was looked up to by many younger players who went to him for advice. It is possible, you see, to learn from mistakes and become  a better man. Lewis did that. His talent speaks for itself. And so did his conduct after those early troubles. I would hope that no on would forever be judged by one mistake. Unless, of course, you have never made any.

jofish
jofish

Great player.  Awful human being (despite the NFL's best efforts to portray him as St. Ray).  Every time I see him on the field I think "the modern OJ Simpson!  Superstar black NFL player stabbed a couple guys and got away it."

 

Brian11
Brian11

Excellent Player.  HOF guaranteed. 

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

 @jofish It's too bad you have no faith in the criminal justice system. Ray Lewis didn't stab anyone. He was guilty of obstruction of justice. That's all. I can't help if you don't trust the courts, but they are what we have to live by. People could accuse you of something you didn't do, if friends of yours broke the law when you were with them. Try believing in your country, assuming you are an American. 

ianforbes
ianforbes

 @jofish

 Wow. What am ignorant comment. If you have no idea about the facts, do everyone a favor and shut up. He never stabbed anyone. Stop listening to TMZ.

jofish
jofish

 @Rickapolis I think we have one of the best criminal justice systems in the world and I have a fair amount of faith in it.  At the same time I'm not naive enough to believe that every criminal is found guilty.  In this case, the prosecutors didn't have enough evidence and therefore had to rely on a witness; they turned to Lewis for that.  In exchange he only had to plead to an obstruction of justice charge and the murder charge was dismissed (note: not found innocent/not-guilty). 

jofish
jofish

 @ianforbes Never listen to the trash on TMZ.  I based my judgement off the testimony of multiple people involved in the actual event.  And the mysterious disappearance of the suit that he wore that night.  The only reason he got off was because he had million dollar lawyers who got him a deal for testifying against the other killers.  

jofish
jofish

 @Rickapolis I guess we'll have to agree to disagree on that.  While I think its commendable that he turned his life around I personally don't believe that you can ever make up for taking someone's life.  There are plenty of much better role models out there who never had to turn their lives around because they never were in the position that they had to.  I always hated the the prodigal son story - I see many similarities with stuff like this.

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

 @jofish Thoughtful answer, thanks. But that said, he did learn from his screw up (and I truly don't believe he stabbed anyone, even if his friends did) and has contributed a lot of positive things to the community since. That will always follow him, but it shouldn't define his legacy.

jofish
jofish

 @Rickapolis  @ianforbes Just because the prosecutors didn't have enough evidence to prove it, doesn't mean he didn't do it.  See OJ Simpson "If I Did It", an all-but admission.  See my above comment about the deal that his attorneys got him.  I believe in the Constitution and mostly in the court system.  Just not naive enough to believe that the courts always get it right. 

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

 @jofish  @ianforbes Do you believe in the court system, Jofish? Do you believe in any of the constitution? Or do you just pick and chose?