On Now
Coming Up
  • Sat., Feb. 20, 2016 10:00 AM EST Cheerleader Prep Clinic The purpose of the clinic is to provide prospective cheerleaders with the best preparation for try-outs on March 5th.
  • Sat., Mar. 05, 2016 9:30 AM EST Cheerleader Tryouts Come join us and become part of the best cheerleading program in the NFL!
  • Sat., Mar. 12, 2016 11:00 AM EST Playmakers Tryouts The Playmakers are the Ravens promotional team. Come join us and become part of the best organization in the NFL.
  • Sat., Apr. 02, 2016 11:00 AM EDT Marching Ravens Tryouts Come join us and become part of the best marching band in the NFL!
  • Sat., Apr. 02, 2016 2:00 PM EDT Torrey Smith Charity Basketball Game Former Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith announced that his annual charity basketball game will return to Baltimore on April 2 at Royal Farms Arena.
  • Thu., Apr. 28, 2016 8:00 PM EDT NFL Draft The 2016 NFL Draft will be held from April 28-30 in Chicago, IL.
  • Fri., Apr. 29, 2016 7:00 PM EDT NFL Draft The 2016 NFL Draft will be held from April 28-30 in Chicago, IL.
  • Sat., Apr. 30, 2016 12:00 PM EDT NFL Draft The 2016 NFL Draft will be held from April 28-30 in Chicago, IL.
  • Thu., Jun. 02, 2016 8:00 AM EDT Ravens Beach Bash This summer will mark the 5th annual Ravens Ocean City Beach Bash, presented by Miller Lite, June 2-4 in Ocean City, Md. Join Ravens Players, Cheerleaders, Playmakers, Band, Mascots and talent from 98Rock and Miller Lite as they turn Ocean City into Ravenstown for the weekend.
  • Fri., Jun. 03, 2016 8:00 AM EDT Ravens Beach Bash This summer will mark the 5th annual Ravens Ocean City Beach Bash, presented by Miller Lite, June 2-4 in Ocean City, Md. Join Ravens Players, Cheerleaders, Playmakers, Band, Mascots and talent from 98Rock and Miller Lite as they turn Ocean City into Ravenstown for the weekend.

News

Print
RSS

Ray Lewis' Last Ride ... For Real

Posted Jan 16, 2013

There will be no second guessing retirement from Ray Lewis – no matter the result.


This is truly Ray Lewis’ last ride. And there’s no going back.

Lewis was asked if he might reconsider his decision to retire now that he and the Ravens are making an emotional playoff push.

“No,” Lewis flatly said.

“I always said to myself that I would know when it’s time. I knew that every sacrifice I made from the time I hurt myself was to get back to my team to make one last push.”

Lewis always brushed off questions of retirement before breaking the news on Jan. 2. But now he’s 100 percent positive that this is the time to leave.

“My kids are calling for daddy,” Lewis said. “There’s a great reward to see the sacrifice my babies have made for me and it’s time that I sacrifice for them.”

Teammates have tried to encourage Lewis to stay a little longer.

“I told him to stay a few more years,” defensive tackle Arthur Jones said. “I think he could. But no one knows but him.”

Lewis said he’s “proud” that his last ride is still going.

The emotional build-up around Lewis’ final game at M&T Bank Stadium, and the last “Squirrel Dance,” have subsided. Quarterback Joe Flacco said Wednesday that it’s not something players are thinking about when they’re on the field anymore.

But there are still flashes of the significance of Lewis’ departure to the team. After the divisional win in Denver, Lewis and running back Ray Rice shared a long embrace on the field. Lewis joked that Rice was squeezing him too hard, and that he had to ask to be let go.

“It’s special. It’s special,” Lewis said. “Whenever it ends, then so be it.”

Please Note

The opinions, analysis and/or speculation expressed on BaltimoreRavens.com represent those of individual authors, and unless quoted or clearly labeled as such, do not represent the opinions or policies of the Baltimore Ravens' organization, front office staff, coaches and executives. Authors' views are formulated independently from any inside knowledge and/or conversations with Ravens officials, including the coaches and scouts, unless otherwise noted.

Related News

Recent Videos

Recent Photos