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Coaches, players throughout the NFL salute Ray Lewis
Coaches, players throughout the NFL salute Ray Lewis

The news of Ravens legendary middle linebacker Ray Lewis' upcoming retirement triggered plenty of strong reactions around the league. Respect, homage and sadness were all expressed upon learning that the defensive icon will walk away from the game after 17 years, two NFL Defensive Player of the Year awards and one Super Bowl victory where he was honored as the Most Valuable Player for his hard-hitting contributions. "It will definitely be a blow to the league to lose another guy like Ray Lewis," Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson said. "He definitely inspired me, just the passion and how he's dedicated to his craft to be the best. To lose a...

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