September 10, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis (bottom) high fives fans after beating the Cincinnati Bengals 44-13 at M

Ray Lewis Says He Will Retire After This Season

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis could be suiting up for his final game in Baltimore when he leads the Ravens defense against the Indianapolis Colts in the Wildcard Round of the NFL Playoffs this weekend.

Lewis, who has put together a Hall of Fame career, said that he will be hanging up his cleats and calling it a career following this season.

“This will be my last ride,” Lewis said.

[RELATED: Dion Sanders Doesn't Think Ray Lewis is Retiring]

While Lewis has said this will be the end, his good friend Deion Sanders is not buying it.

“I don’t believe it — I really don’t,” Sanders said during an interview on NFL Network. “We all know that he’s been hampered with injuries over the last several years.”

Perhaps Lewis is overcome with frustration over the injuries that have slowed him down, but it does seem like a calculated decision that he will stick with.

Lewis’ son, Ray Lewis III, will be starting his college football career next season at the University of Miami and Lewis has already said he wants to be retired so he can watch his son play. It appears that Lewis is serious about becoming a full time dad and that will require him to be there every weekend when his son suits up for Lewis’ beloved “U.”

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