|Lewis says he will 'absolutely not' retire after 2011. (Getty Images)|
Way back in August, Ravens linebacker told CBSSports.com's Mike Freeman that if Baltimore won the Super Bowl, he'd strongly consider riding off into the sunset to spend more time with his family.
But after a loss to in New England leaves Lewis and the Ravens two wins short, is the linebacker still thinking about retirement? "Absolutely not," he said Sunday.
"I’m hungry again," Lewis said after Sunday's game. "I'm thirsty again. Is this my last time as a Raven? Absolutely not."
There are lots of reasons for Lewis to retire: he's old(er), he's got a Super Bowl ring, he wants to spend time with his family and he's a step slower than he was in his heyday.
But he's also coming back to a team that will absolutely compete for a Super Bowl again, and one that might be even better than this year's rendition, depending on how they address some issues (Ray Rice's contract, for one) in the offseason.
And even if Lewis has lost a step physically, he's still the engine that makes the Ravens mighty defense go; look no further than a recent column from our own Pete Prisco, who pointed out just how much Lewis motivates his younger teammates.
A lot can change between now and next season, but it's hard to imagine, especially given his comments Sunday, that Lewis won't be back on the field doing the same thing.
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