Don't hate me Ravens Nation but it's the truth. Our Ray Ray isn't as young as he used to be. He's not as fast and misses a play here and there. But that's OK! He's still got it but just not all that he had before. It's time he walked away. That hurts me too but we have to let him go. He'll always be a Raven but I just want him to throw in the towel before he ends up like Favre and Sanders I want him to walk away on his own terms. Not because he was washed up. Not because he wasn't desired anymore. Not Ray. Not our Ray. So the lockout would be a good thing in my eyes. It would more than likely force him to retire the way it should be. Still one of the best in the game. Still a pro bowler and still one of the hardest hitters in the game.
Now on to the rest of these guys. The not #52 but still great players. LMAO
From NFL.com with a couple side notes from me in purple.
Ray Lewis, LB, 35 years old
When we think of leadership, he is the guy who almost always comes to mind. The consummate pro can still play at a high level and get his teammates to do the same. He's played 15 seasons, but seems like he could play two or three more. He's sipped enough football Ambrosia to seemingly stay forever young. We know that age is an undefeated opponent, though, one that even Lewis can't take down to the ground.
In case this is it: Lewis had 139 tackles in the regular season, and came up with nine more in a season-ending playoff loss to Pittsburgh.
Ray had a great year. He lead the Ravens to what should have been a super bowl year. Ray has given this team his all and for that we are forever grateful and say thanks for the memories!
Future Hall of Famer: HELL YEAH! Chance of making it to Canton: 100%
LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, 31
He's played 10 seasons, which is a lifetime and then some for a running back. Tomlinson showed no worse for the wear last season, his first with the Jets after nine mostly incredible seasons with the Chargers. L.T. started 13 games, rushed for 914 yards and had 52 receptions for 368 yards. If there is a season, he'll probably have a reduced role to Shonn Greene. If there's not, there's no telling if the Jets would want him back. He'd be 33 by the time the 2012 season started.
In case this is it: Tomlinson had a season-low nine carries for 16 yards in the AFC title game loss to Pittsburgh.
I will always say the Chargers are idiots. I mean what were you thinking? Regardless to what many say, LT was and is a good player. He did the Jets well so really it's absurd that they wouldn't want him back. If they don't somebody will you can trust that. Oh and another thing... I have you know 31 isn't that old! I'm just saying.... it isn't.
Future Hall of Famer: It would shock me but I don't know why. There are plenty of people that have made it that make me scratch my head. Chance of making it to Canton: 30% (pulled that out that thin air)
Arguably the best, and one of the most durable tight ends ever, Gonzalez has already said he's playing one more season. The 11-time Pro Bowl selection has mentioned "retirement" a few dozen times, so he's already considered it. If there were no football, Gonzalez might hang up his cleats. He's played 14 seasons and remains -- even without a deep playoff run -- the gold standard for the position.
In case this is it: Gonzalez finished with 70 catches and six touchdowns, and was a huge part of Atlanta's potent offense -- except in the season-ending playoff loss to Green Bay. Gonzalez had one catch for seven yards.
Pause for the sexy that is Gonzalez*giggles* That's a sexy man! Ok now back to the matter at hand. I can see him retiring soon. I really was hoping he and the Falcons would have made it to the super bowl which would have made this being his last season even more special. I have a feeling news will come lockout or not that he's leaving the game. He had a great career!
Future Hall of Famer: I think so! Chance of making it to Canton: 85%
Woodson -- a seven-time Pro Bowl selection -- is among the most versatile and impactful defenders in recent NFL history. One of the best moments of his career came when he wasn't on the field, though. After suffering a broken collarbone in the Packers' Super Bowl victory over Pittsburgh, he delivered an emotional speech that stirred injury-riddled Green Bay to victory. He said right away he'd return for one more season, but if there is no season ...
In case this is it: In defensive coordinator Dom Capers' scheme, Woodson has lined up at just about every position with the exception of defensive line. He also groomed upstarts Sam Shields and Tramon Williams. He had career highs with 92 tackles and five forced fumbles to go with his two interceptions this past season.
Going out with a ring is the way to go. Like Gonzalez, I think it's time for Woodson.
Future Hall of Famer: maybe....you never know Chance of making it to Canton: I don't know
Randy Moss, WR, 34
Moss is a six-time Pro Bowl selection who was once considered the standard for all wide outs -- especially deep threats. Last season's barnstorming tour clearly showed he's nearing the end of his career. New England, Minnesota and Tennessee, all in need of a deep-threat, couldn't find much use for him. Even if there is a season in 2011, there is no guarantee that he'll play, possibly because he might not want to. He still has something to offer, but if there's no ball next season, he might not have much left in the tank come 2012.
In case this is it: Moss had 28 receptions -- by far a career low -- and five touchdowns in 2010. After three consecutive games without a catch, Moss ended his season with the Titans with one grab for 18 yards.
Wow Randy! I bet you wish a many a day you had kept your big mouth shut don't you? You had it so easy in NE but that wasn't enough for you. You just had to go and mess that up to. Great rant just before you were cut from the Vikings by the way. Yep time to hang it up. Just pack up the locker and head on home. Not one team out there wants you... trust me! Oh and in case you don't retire, please stay clear of Baltimore. We're fine with that chick Flacco and his band of misfits on the offense! We don't need any added problems.
Future Hall of Famer: Oh Lord! Chance of making it to Canton: 80% and that's only because of that mouth of his
Owens showed that he can still play last season, regardless of his age. His caretaking of his body is part of the reason he can continue to deliver. The issue with Owens isn't his production. The perception of Owens is not good and that perception has been around for years. It might be hard for him to find work, even if he wants it. That is a shame. T.O. was a six-time Pro Bowl pick and has sick career numbers that, on merit, should get him into the Hall of Fame. Getting into Canton is more than about numbers, though.
In case this is it: T.O. had 72 catches and nine touchdowns for the woeful Bengals. In his final game with them in Week 14: One catch, 22 yards.
T.O. like Moss needs to retire. He had a great season on his production contract. He showed he can still play and really made Ochocinco a non-factor on the Bengals. Only problem is, near the end of the season his childish ways came out and yet again there is bad blood between him and a team. I feel this is the end of the road.
Future Hall of Famer: Would be a shame if he isn't Chance of making it to Canton: 85% Again, that mouth got him in trouble.