Outpouring of sympathy, respect for Ray Lewis

Outpouring of sympathy, respect for Ray Lewis
October 16, 2012, 12:00 am

The news that Ray Lewis' season is over after he tore his triceps in Sunday's game vs. the Dallas Cowboys has created a buzz. Will this mean the end for the Ravens' linebacker, who was in his 17th year?

He has yet to speak about his status after being diagnosed via MRI on Monday. Coach John Harbaugh refused to speculate if this would be the end.

"That's for Ray to speak on," Harbaugh said. "I'll be looking forward to seeing what he says about that."

Players and analysts sent good wishes and didn't hesitate to speculate about Lewis' future on Twitter:


"Mann I hope Ray Lewis don't retire. Dudes a warrior. Much respect from. Hope ya have a speedy recovery 5two!" -- Cardinals LB Darnell Dockett

"I have so much respect for the way Ray Lewis plays the game. I hope this isn't it for him!!!" -- Mark Schlereth, ESPN analyst and former G for Redskins and Broncos

"While i dont like getting hit by him, im sorry to hear about ray lewis being out for the yr...hes as iconic to the NFL as anyone in the game" -- Panthers RB DeAngelo Williams

"Ray Lewis has helped progress this game so guys like myself have something to strive to be...a professional. Prayers sent up" -- Robert Griffin III, Redskins QB

"Sad to see my man Ray Lewis go down, definitely structured my game around him physically and emotionally and is the reason I wore 52" -- Buccaneers DT Eric LeGrand

"Just heard on ESPN that ray lewis is out 4 the yr. hate hearing that because hes 1 of the NFL's true legends. wishing him a full recovery"  -- Steelers LB LaMarr Woodley

"Sucks to hear abt Ray Lewis he is an NFL Icon that i grew up watching. I was excited abt chance to play him again.wish him a speedy recovery" -- Texans RB Ben Tate

"The Ray Lewis i know will not end his career off this injury.He's conquered much more than this.He will determine when its over not a injury" -- Hall of Fame DB Deion Sanders, NFL Network analyst

"Grew up watching/looking up to Ray Lewis. Wishing him a speedy recovery. And yes, I'm working hard everyday to get myself back on the field." -- Redskins WR Pierre Garcon

"Ray lewis and junior seau the 2 most intense and inspirational players i have ever seen . Ray u are a legend God bless you" -- Rodney Harrison, NBC analyst and former DB for Patriots and Chargers