UPDATE: The Baltimore Ravens defeat the Indianapolis Colts 24-9. Ray Lewis finishes with 13 tackles — the game’s leader.
Flames, smoke, Nelly’s “So Hot In Here” and screaming fans all came together to make Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis’ final exit from the tunnel at M&T Bank Stadium one of the most memorable in sports history.
Doing his signature dance to the screams and cheers of adoring fans, Lewis basked in the spotlight as he performed what could possibly be his last pre-game dance. The 17-year veteran, 13-time Pro Bowler and Super Bowl champion announced that he would be retiring at the end of the 2012-13 season, so this highly-anticipated game against the Indianapolis Colts is his last home game.
As previously reported by NewsOne, Lewis, who has been playing through injuries, is retiring to spend more time with his children.
“God is calling,” the 37-year-old Lewis said. “My children have made the ultimate sacrifice for their father for 17 years. I don’t want to see them do that no more. I’ve done what I wanted to do in this business, and now it’s my turn to give them something back.”