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Retirement Not on Ray Lewis’ Mind

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Did we witness middle linebacker Ray Lewis play his final home game at M&T Bank Stadium on Sunday?

Following the game, ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio posed the question to Lewis, and the 36-year-old smiled.

“Football is too fun for me, man,” Lewis said, via ESPN.com. “I love it too much to ever even put that thought in my head and disrespect not just me and my craft, but disrespect my team. I just never thought of it. Whenever God says time is enough, then it’s enough. But when you’re having the fun that I’m having, and you’re playing at the level I’m playing at, do it until you can’t do it no more.”

Lewis by far played his best game since returning from a right turf toe injury. In Sunday’s divisional-round postseason game against the Houston Texans, Lewis recorded a team-high eight tackles, including one for a loss, and just missed picking off a T.J. Yates pass.

The Ravens, who will play at New England in the AFC Championship game next Sunday, finished undefeated at home this season after defeating the Texans, 20-13. There has been ongoing speculation that Lewis would retire if the Ravens won the Super Bowl this season.