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01/03/2013 10:56 am ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

Ray Lewis Career Highlights: Star NFL Linebacker Retiring After Amazing 17-Year Career

It comes as no surprise that when Ray Lewis announced his decision to retire after the Ravens' playoff run, several fans and members of the media tweeted their rankings of the best linebackers of all time, with Lewis included of course.

Some said he was the best middle linebacker ever. Some said he was the best linebacker of all time, period. Some simply praised him for being the most inspirational and motivational athletes ever.

It's safe to say that the 37-year-old leaves quite the legacy.

"Everything that starts has an end. For me, today, I told my team that this will be my last ride," Lewis said after telling the team of his plans. "I never played the game for individual stats. I only played the game to make my team a better team."

Well, let's just take a look at some of those stats anyways.

Throughout his 17 years in the NFL, Lewis took home two Defensive Player of the Year awards, one Super Bowl MVP, was named First-Team All-Pro seven times and went to 13 Pro Bowls. He is also the only player in NFL history with at least 40 career sacks and 30 interceptions. Along with all of that came plenty of memorable soundbites.

While Ravens and football fans everywhere await the last time Lewis runs out of the tunnel at M&T Bank Stadium and does his pregame dance for the last time, take a trip down memory lane and check out some of the most memorable moments of his illustrious career.

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