For 17 seasons, Ray Lewis inspired respect and fear in opponents as middle linebacker for the Baltimore Ravens and the team's heart and soul. NFL players reacted Wednesday on Twitter to Lewis' decision to retire.
I'd like to take a moment to honor a great career and player in @raylewis a worthy opponent.— Barry Sanders (@BarrySanders) January 2, 2013
Had to watch Big Ray announce his retirement...it has been amazing to play with him...We need to take care of business for him and our city— Torrey Smith (@TorreySmithWR) January 2, 2013
Sad to hear one of the greats retired today.Thank you ray lewis for inspiring me and athletes around the world to be the best we can be! #52— Manti Te'o (@MTeo_5) January 2, 2013
Blessed to say I competed against Ray Lewis. True definition of a leader and inspiration to a team. Looking fwd to the HOF speech. #salute— Chris Ogbonnaya (@ChrisOgbonnaya) January 2, 2013
Ray Lewis, one of the true all-time greats! Gonna be sad to see him go.— Lance Moore (@LanceMoore16) January 2, 2013
Hard to listen to Ray talkin about the end! Only guy I thought would play FOREVER!!!— Aaron Curry (@AaronCurry51) January 2, 2013