Baltimore Ravens: Why Ray Lewis Is Team's Most Important Veteran

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Baltimore Ravens: Why Ray Lewis Is Team's Most Important Veteran
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Ray Lewis has been a Raven his entire career

Over the past decade plus, the Baltimore Ravens have been one of the more consistent teams in the NFL, beginning with their Super Bowl victory in 2000.

That was Ray Lewis' fifth year playing professional football, and he was in the midst of the prime of his career, which frankly began in his sophomore season.

Despite the Ravens' success in the past 12 years, they have not been able to make a return appearance to the Super Bowl.

The 2012 playoffs ended in heartbreak, as the Ravens lost 23-20 to the New England Patriots. Lee Evans missed a potential game-winning catch late in the fourth quarter. Then, Billy Cundiff missed a 32-yard field goal wide left that would have tied the game. 

Lewis announced to Mike Freeman of CBSSports last year that if the Ravens won a Super Bowl that he would retire. However, he also added that if they did not win, he was not sure when his career would end.

Ray Ray is back for season No. 17, and he's going to be the most important player out there for the Baltimore Ravens.

Are you surprised?

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