Professional athletes naturally have a much shorter tenure in their occupation than the average individual, meaning that even the best players find themselves "retired" in their mid-30s to early 40s.
That means that notable retirements in the National Football League occur with virtually every offseason, and the 2013 offseason has been no different. Of course, it is always ideal to go out on top, as some--Jerome Bettis, Michael Strahan--have done--and this season, a pair of Baltimore Ravens were lucky enough to do just that.
It was nothing short of a media spectacle as the Ravens continued to march on to the Super Bowl during Ray Lewis' "last ride", as he called it, having announced his eventual retirement at the beginning of the playoffs. As everybody knows, the Ravens rode that momentum all the way to victory, and Lewis was able to say farewell as a champion.
He was not the only Raven to say goodbye to the game of football as a champion, however. Nor were the Ravens the only team to say goodbye to some of their veterans of their own accord. See some notable retirements from this offseason in the list.