Credit Ray Lewis for walking away at the right time

John Harbaugh began his Monday news conference after that dreary, who-cares loss to the Cincinnati Bengals by calling on Ravens fans to step up and be loud when the Colts come to town.

Well, the Ravens' coach doesn't have to worry about that anymore. Ray Lewis took care of any crowd-noise issues all by himself.

I saw Harbaugh lingering in the back of the crowd at The Castle Wednesday, watching as Lewis grew emotional while dropping that bombshell announcement on the media.

Harbaugh seemed to grow emotional, too.

There's no doubt he'll miss the iconic linebacker next season. He'll miss No. 52's savvy and leadership and passion for the game. He'll miss the greatness of his play when Lewis was young and fearless and in his prime.

So will the rest of the Ravens. So will we all.

But Ray Lewis did the right thing by calling it quits.

And he picked the right time to do it, too.

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