Let's hope we haven't seen the last of great Ray Lewis

caines | 10/18/2012, 7:08 a.m.

Former University of Miami great, super bowl champion and future NFL Hall of famer Ray Lewis suffered an injured tricep last Sunday. This past Monday he was declared out for the remainder of the season. Longtime considered one of the greatest linebackers in NFL history there is much speculation about what the future holds for the Baltimore Ravens all time great. Could this be the end of the line for the 17 year NFL vet ? There are not many athletes who work harder or plays with the type of passion that Ray Lewis does, therefore one should not rule out a return for an 18th season. We always like to see our sports heroes retire on their own terms like Jim Brown, Barry Sanders or we wish some of them had not hung around so long. (Like Jerry Rice in Seahawks gear, Michael Jordan trotting around in Wizards uni's or Emmitt Smith a Cardinal?) Even though Lewis has been excellent for so long, he has not embarrassed himself. He still played with that fire. Sure he lost a step or two but 75 percent of what he used to be is not bad at all. He has heard the critics who call him too old at 37 too slow or too light. He has heard them all and used it as motivation to continue to torment offenses around the NFL still. According to The Baltimore Sun Lewis will make $4.95 million this year, and $7.3 million, $5.4 million and $6.5 million in non gauranteed base salaries over the next three years. My guess is Lewis will not walk away from the game like this derailed by injury, that's not the Ray Lewis we all know and love. Football teams annually have to make tough decisions regarding loyal veterans who have given their hearts and souls to an organization . Sport divorces can be painful, for the fans as well as the superstar athletes. If any one deserves a chance to walk away on his own terms it's Ray Lewis. Hopefully the Ravens will look beyond the almighty dollar if Lewis is not ready to hang up his cleats just yet. Hopefully they give him more chances to come out during player intro's and do that dance like only he can. Let us all hope that we have not seen the last of Ray Lewis. We may never see one like him again. Please note. The Sports Brothers show can now be heard on Sports Radio 560am WQAM. Sunday nights 7-9pm.