It's official: Baltimore Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis will retire at the end of the team's postseason run.
Lewis made the announcement while speaking to the media early Wednesday afternoon.
"This will be my last ride," he told the team, according to the the Ravens' Twitter feed.
Lewis, the MVP of the Ravens' 2001 Super Bowl victory, will have spent his entire 17-season career with Baltimore.
A first-round pick for the Ravens in 1996—their first season in Baltimore—Lewis has been selected for 13 Pro Bowls and has been named the AFC defensive player of the year three times (2000, 2001 and 2003).
The Ravens are set to face the Indianapolis Colts Sunday at 1 p.m. in the wild card round of the playoffs.
It will very likely be Baltimore's last home game of the season—and thus the last of Lewis's career—unless the Ravens find themselves facing the lower-seeded Cincinatti Bengals in the AFC championship game.
You tell us: What is your favorite Ray Lewis moment? What will you miss most about him?