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ESPN hires Ray Lewis hired as NFL studio analyst

Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis speaks with reporters Baltimore Monday March 11 2013 before screening new film released DVD

Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis speaks with reporters in Baltimore, Monday, March 11, 2013, before a screening of a new film released on DVD that chronicles the team's championship NFL football season. The Ravens were Super Bowl XLVII champions after defeating the San Francisco 49ers 34-31. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

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Updated: March 13, 2013 11:36AM

BRISTOL, Conn. — Ray Lewis will keep on talking now that his playing career is over.

ESPN officially announced Wednesday that the two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year will be joining the network as a studio analyst. The 37-year-old Lewis revealed in January that he would retire after 17 seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, and the fearsome linebacker went out with a Super Bowl title.

Lewis will travel to the site of each week’s “Monday Night Football” matchup to take part in pregame and postgame coverage. He will also appear on “Sunday NFL Countdown” and ESPN Radio.

Lewis says “I’m ready to bring the same level of passion to this next phase of my life as I brought to the field during my years as a player.”

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