Ray Lewis said he could never imagine this day.

And when it came, his words stuck in his throat.

Then Lewis started talking about family – his sons. He took a deep breath, and out it came.

“Today I told my team that this will be my last ride,” Lewis said.

After 17 years as one of the best players the league has ever known, Lewis announced his retirement.

But before he goes, he will play at least one final time and maybe more if the Ravens go on a postseason run.

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