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NFL: Lewis takes his final bows as a champion

Ray Lewis said so long to the National Football League Sunday and he did it in style, going out a champion after the Baltimore Ravens beat the San Francisco 49ers to win Super Bowl 47. Lewis helped the Ravens edge the 49ers 34-31 as he earned his second NFL title. He won his first Super Bowl in the 2000 NFL season, also picking up the MVP honours in that game. The 37-year-old Lewis joins former NFL greats John Elway, Jerome Bettis and Michael Strahan as players who were able to win a Super Bowl in their last season.

NFL-Ravens' Lewis retires a champion after late goal-line stand

By Larry Fine NEW ORLEANS, Feb 3 (Reuters) - Linebacker Ray Lewis wanted to cap his "last ride" in the NFL with a Super Bowl win, and the goal-line stand that clinched the championship for the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday was an ending fit for a fairytale. The inspirational leader for each of the Ravens' 17 seasons in the NFL rose up with his cohorts on defense to stop the San Francisco 49ers from getting into the end zone on three straight plays from the five-yard line to secure a 34-31 victory.

NFL-Ravens' Lewis denies report linking him to banned substance

By Larry Fine NEW ORLEANS, Jan 29 (Reuters) - Ray Lewis, dogged by various accusations over his brilliant NFL career with the Baltimore Ravens, dismissed a report on Tuesday that said he had used a product containing a banned substance. Holding court on a podium during Media Day for Sunday's Super Bowl against the San Francisco 49ers, the soon-to-be retired Lewis was asked about a Sports Illustrated article published online that linked him to a substance banned by the National Football League.

NFL-Ravens' Lewis happy for team ahead of Super end to career

By Larry Fine Jan 21 (Reuters) - Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis could not have dreamed of a sweeter end to his 17-year career than returning to the Super Bowl, but the 13-time Pro Bowl linebacker said he was happiest for his team mates. The 37-year-old Lewis, who got to raise the Lombardi Trophy in 2001, is the only remaining member of that Baltimore title team as the Ravens return to the Super Bowl for the first time in 12 years.

NFL-Ravens' Lewis treasures more in life than Super Bowl win

By Larry Fine Jan 17 (Reuters) - Ray Lewis knows exactly how he wants to end his storied 17-year National Football League (NFL) career, but the Baltimore Ravens linebacker prefers to measure his life by more than gridiron results. Lewis yearns to raise the Lombardi Trophy for a second time and needs a road win over the New England Patriots in Sunday's AFC championship game to reach his first Super Bowl since the Ravens' triumph in 2001.
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