Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Legendary NFL linebacker Ray Lewis will retire after the 2013 playoffs, he unexpectedly announced on Wednesday.

Lewis was voted the Associated Press Defensive Player of the Year in 2003 and 2000, the year he led the Baltimore Ravens to a Super Bowl victory. He was drafted out of the University of Miami in 1996 and spent his entire career in Baltimore.

As a Raven he earned a reputation as one of the league's most fearsome hitters, hardest workers and most inspirational leaders.

His pre- and post-game oratories in particular became the stuff of legend and YouTube entrancement. Here's one example, a brief talk he delivered in the Ravens' locker room after the team was eliminated by the New England Patriots in last season's AFC Championship Game: