4 Reasons Why Ray Lewis Will Continue to Be a Dominant Player in 2012

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4 Reasons Why Ray Lewis Will Continue to Be a Dominant Player in 2012
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After 16 seasons in the NFL, everyone can pretty much agree that Ray Lewis is nearing the tail end of his career. Although he is still playing at a high level and has remained relatively free from injuries, he's got to hang up the cleats sometime soon. 

Although he'll never say it, Lewis has to know this too. As recently as August of last year, Lewis talked of retiring should the Ravens win the Super Bowl. Although that failed to materialize, one has to think that if the Ravens win a Super Bowl this year retirement will be awfully tempting for Lewis.

One thing that isn't in doubt though is Lewis's status for the 2012 season. He will be back and despite being 37 years old, he will still play like he's one of the best linebackers in the league. 

It takes a lot to be a dominant player in the NFL and even more so when you're in your mid-30s. But thanks to the following reasons, Lewis has what it takes to continue dominating in 2012.

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