Twitter Reacts as Ray Lewis Announces Retirement Following Ravens' Playoff Run

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Twitter Reacts as Ray Lewis Announces Retirement Following Ravens' Playoff Run
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Ray Lewis shocked the sports world by announcing that he will retire following the end of the Baltimore Ravens’ 2012 season, and Twitter was the outlet for many NFL fans and pundits to voice their appreciation.

The Baltimore Ravens reported the linebacker’s announcement and provided an image of him making his statement:

Lewis has been sidelined with a triceps injury for most of his 17th season as a professional, but he has been taken off the injured reserve list, and he will be available for the playoffs.

Fans will have to soak up every moment left of Lewis' career, as he is one of the all-time greats, and there likely will not be a player like him any time soon. Here are the top tweets following Lewis’ announcement. 

Twitter Reaction

CBS Sports' Mike Freeman summed up exactly how many NFL fans view Lewis:

NFL Network's Rich Eisen points out that this may be the end of one career for Lewis, but he would have little trouble starting a new one: 

While the Faux John Madden account is often snarky and sarcastic, it only came through with reverence for the Ravens star:

Albert Breer of provided a few numbers and a bit of perspective on Lewis' accomplishments:

While Lewis' stats were certainly impressive, Sportsnet's Jim Lang notes that Lewis' greatness is due to more than just numbers:

CBS Sports' Will Brinson stuck with the angle of Lewis' contributions that do not have to do with stats, but he chose to focus only on the upcoming Wild Card showdown:

The Baltimore Sun's Aaron Wilson reported a quote from Ravens safety Bernard Pollard showing that the news will provide the team with added motivation:

Wilson's colleague Jeff Zrebiec reported that Baltimore running back Ray Rice was also quick to show his appreciation:

For those who were missing Faux John Madden's usual tone, it did not take long for him to return to it:

ESPN's Ross Tucker has the unique perspective of actually having tried to block Lewis, and he displayed no doubt about the linebacker's legendary status:

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