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Ed Reed Is Retiring

Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Ed Reed, the acclaimed longtime safety for the Baltimore Ravens, is retiring.

The Ravens announced Wednesday that the eight-time All-Pro is hanging up his cleats and that they plan to hold a news conference for him at 2 p.m. on Thursday.

The 36-year-old Reed played 12 NFL seasons, 11 with the Ravens, during which he was selected to nine Pro Bowls, won the 2004 Defensive Player of the Year, and the 2013 Super Bowl with Baltimore.

Reed finishes his career with 64 interceptions, which ranks sixth all-time in NFL history, and his nine postseason interceptions are tied with Charlie Waters, Bill Simpson, and Ronnie Lott for the most in league history.

After winning the Super Bowl in 2013, Reed left the Ravens and played the 2013 season with the Houston Texans and New York Jets. He did not play football in 2014.

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Terrell Suggs Receives Four-Year Extension from Ravens 

Patrick McDermott/Getty Images(OWINGS MILLS, Md.) --  Ray Lewis may be retired, but the Baltimore Ravens decided to hold on to another one of their defensive stalwarts for the foreseeable future.

Fellow linebacker Terrell Suggs signed a four-year contract extension Monday, a deal that may allow the Pro Bowler to finish his career with the Ravens.

"I'm truly flattered and honored that I get to be Raven for life," Suggs said.

Suggs will receive $21 million over the first three years of the contract, which includes $16 million guaranteed.

The Ravens drafted the 31-year-old Suggs in the first round of the 2003 draft.  He is a six-time Pro Bowler and was the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2011.

"He affects [offenses] in the passing game as well as the running game," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "It was something that jumped out to me."

Suggs is the team's all-time leader in sacks (94.5) and forced fumbles (29).  The deal allowed the Ravens to free up $4 million in cap space.

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Baltimore Celebrates Ravens Super Bowl Championship

Patrick Smith/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) – Charm city threw a party for the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens on Tuesday.

Thousands of fans, decked out in the team colors of purple and black, lined the streets as Super Bowl XLVII MVP Joe Flacco and the Ravens made their way from City Hall to M&T Bank Stadium. Once the team arrived at the stadium, they were greeted by a packed house of vocal fans.

“I love you forever and ever and ever and ever and ever and ever,” Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis told fans in front of City Hall before leaving for the parade.

The 37-year-old Lewis announced before the playoffs that the 2012 season would be his last. The 13-time Pro Bowler leaves the gridiron as a two-time Super Bowl champion.

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Ravens Beat 49ers, Take Super Bowl Title

Chris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- The Baltimore Ravens are the champions of the NFL.

The Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 34-31, at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to win Super Bowl XLVII. 

The 49ers had a chance to take the lead with under five minutes to play and had first-and-goal at the five-yard line, but were stuffed on every attempt, including fourth down when Kaepernick's pass sailed beyond receiver Michael Crabtree. 

The Ravens then ran out of the endzone for a safety to run some clock off with under a minute to play, and Ted Ginn was tackled returning the free kick to end the game.

Baltimore held a 28-6 lead in the third quarter, but saw almost all of it evaporate.

Play was delayed for 34 minutes with the Ravens up by 22 because of a power surge that knocked out a portion of power to the Superdome. 

That's when the 49ers started making their comeback, going on a 17-0 run to pull to within 28-23. Then, after a Ravens field goal, San Francisco went on a 76-yard drive, capped off by a 15-yard Colin Kaepernick touchdown run. However, they went for a two-point conversion and failed. 

In the first half, quarterback Joe Flacco and the Ravens peppered the San Francisco defense with deep passing. Flacco threw for 192 yards and three scores in the half, and got the scoring started by hitting Anquan Boldin on a 13-yard pass to go up 7-0.

Flacco was named MVP after throwing for 287 yards and three touchdowns.

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Ray Lewis' "Last Ride" Ends Well

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- Ray Lewis' retirement party can finally begin.

The Baltimore Ravens linebacker declared before the postseason that this would be his "last ride," and after Sunday night it looks like that ride ended well.

The Baltimore Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 Sunday, to win Super Bowl XLVII, and send the two-time defensive player of the year out on top. 

"I walked in the game as a young pup at 17-years-old," Lewis said. "And I leave the game as a full grown man as a two-time world champion. There is no better way to leave the game."

Lewis, who led all players this postseason in tackles with 52, had seven tackles in the game, including two on the 49ers' final drive.

The 37-year-old Lewis finishes his 17-year NFL career with 1,573 tackles, 41.5 sacks, 31 interceptions and 19 forced fumbles.

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Ray Lewis Strongly Denies Using Banned Substances

Rob Carr/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis strongly denied a Sports Illustrated report linking him to a company that makes deer-antler spray, which contains a performance enhancer (IGF-1).

Lewis was hoping to put the report on Tuesday behind him, but was asked again on Wednesday.

"I'm never angry. I'm too blessed to be stressed," Lewis said when told that he seemed angry. "You can use a different word. You can use the word agitated because I'm here to win the Super Bowl. I'm not here to entertain somebody that doesn't affect that one way or another. The word agitated is probably better."

Lewis said that he has his team focused on the task at hand of winning a Super Bowl title and was "agitated" about the report.

"Our world is a very secret society. We try to protect our world as much as we can," Lewis said. "When you let cowards come in and do things like that, to try to disturb something. I've said it before and I've said a million times, the reason why I'm smiling is because it's so funny of a story.

"I've never, ever took what he says I was supposed to do. It's just sad that someone can have this much attention on a stage this big where the dreams are really real. I don't need it, my teammates don't need it, the 49ers don't need it. Nobody needs it because it just really shows you that people really plan things and try to attack people from the outside. It's just very foolish. The guy has no credibility. He's been sued four or five times over this same BS. I just truly believe he doesn't have the privilege for me to speak about it ever again."

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Ray Lewis Denies Report Of Using A Banned Substance

Rob Carr/Getty Images (NEW ORLEANS) -- Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis denied a report by Sports Illustrated that claimed he used a deer-antler velvet extract, which contains a banned substance, in an attempt to heal faster from the torn triceps injury he suffered in October.

Mitch Ross, owner of Sports with Alternative to Steroids, told SI that Lewis reached out to his company in hopes of securing the spray, whose use is prohibited under NFL’s drug policy.

The 13-time Pro Bowler dismissed the allegations during Super Bowl Media Day Tuesday.

“Two years ago, that was the same report,” he said. “I wouldn’t give that report or him any of my press.”

Lewis announced before the playoffs that he will retire at the end of the season.

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Kaepernick, Lewis Ready To Clash In New Orleans

Harry How/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) --  One star's legacy is ending, the other's is just beginning, but Colin Kaepernick and Ray Lewis are not so different after all.

Both are on opposite paths in their careers but nonetheless are leaders of their respective teams with one common goal, winning Super Bowl X:VII.

Kaepernick is in his first season as a starter, coming in for Alex Smith midseason.  To be the starting quarterback of a Super Bowl-bound team at such a young age is an incredible accomplishment, but at the same time he knows all that Lewis has done for the game of football.

"I'm a big fan of Ray Lewis," Kaepernick said.  "The intensity he plays the game with, the passion he plays with.  It's something that I think every football player likes."

Lewis is playing in his 17th and final season in the NFL.  He hopes to ride off into the sunset a two-time Super Bowl champion, and he is counting on his teammates to get him there.

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Ravens Arrive In New Orleans To Face 49ers In Super Bowl XLVII

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) -- The Baltimore Ravens arrived in the Big Easy on Monday as they prepare to take on the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday in Super Bowl XLVII at the Superdome.

Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis, who's announced he is retiring after the end of the season, is looking to win his second Vince Lombardi trophy. He was part of a vaunted defense in 2000 that captured the Ravens' first NFL championship, in Super Bowl XXXV.

The 49ers arrived in New Orleans late Sunday night. They’re back in the Super Bowl for the first time since Hall of Fame quarterback Steve Young led the red and gold to their fifth NFL championship in Super Bowl XXIX.

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Ray Lewis Has Team Focused on Super Bowl

Rob Carr/Getty Images(BALTIMORE) -- The Baltimore Ravens have begun their preparation to battle the San Francisco 49ers in next Sunday's Super Bowl.

The Ravens will be looking to bring home their second Super Bowl championship in franchise history, their first came in 2000, after a stifling defense shut down the New York Giants. 

Linebacker Ray Lewis was a member of that team and made sure that the Lombardi trophy was removed from the team facility on Wednesday to make sure he team was focused on winning another.

"Don't ever take pictures with nothing that's not yours," said Lewis.  "When we hold that Lombardi, whoever hold that Lombardi next Sunday, you've earned it when you touch it."

Lewis will be retiring win or lose in New Orleans after 17 seasons in the league, but says it hasn't hit him yet.

"It's going to be a great day period, no matter what happens," said the 13-time Pro Bowler.  "That's kind of the way I've approached it."

Lewis said he hopes that quarterback Joe Flacco can take the reigns next season in his role as the team leader.

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