The star linebacker announced on Wednesday that he’s going to retire at the end of the season. He has been one of the best players in NFL history.
“It is time for me to create a new legacy,” Lewis said, ending his career after 17 NFL seasons.
“There is no reason for me not to play,” he said.
He could be appearing in his final game on Sunday when the Colts play at the Ravens. If they do advance, the Ravens would have to play the rest of the postseason on the road.
He returned to practice a month ago and he had to be added to the active roster before the end of the regular season to be eligible for the playoffs.
“I talked to my team today,” he said. “I talked to them about life in general. And everything that starts has an end. For me, today, I told my team that this will be my last ride.”
During his career, he led the team in tackles 14 of the 17 seasons. The only years that he didn’t lead the team in tackles was when he was injured – 2002, 2005, and 2012.
“I never played the game for individual stats,” he mentioned. “I only played the game to my team a better team.”