With sympathy, shock and even a little humor, fans have reacted to the news that Raven Ray Lewis is out for the season with a torn triceps.
Here is a sampling of the reaction as it registered on Twitter:
Cody Hillard @codyhillard: If Ray Lewis career is over I might shed a tear. Hes the most passionate player I've ever watched. You cant replace someone like that. Ever.
Mr. Local Celebrity @So_Fly_Jy: If you believe that Ray Lewis is retiring you obviously haven't listened to any of his motivational speeches or watched him play
Andrew Fowler @Uncle_Fowl: We have not seen the last of Ray Lewis
turbo malarkey @tedisLaw: you think ray lewis and derek jeter are just hanging out and being awesome together right now?
Burberry Cutterz @matthewmann4: Feel so bad for Ray Lewis all that man wanted was another ring
Richie Rossi @RichieRossi32: Even if u are a die hard steeler fan u gotta respect they way Ray Lewis plays the game and his outlook on life #getwellsoonray
HumanityCritic @HumanityCritic: I know Ray Lewis is around my age but the rumors of his Football death have been greatly exaggerated. I think he has a couple of years left.
ASHLEY CXCVINE ΣΝ @AshxWolf: What Happened To Ray Lewis Is That Part In A Movie Where The Character Goes " Why Him !?!?! You Should Have Taken Me Lord !!!!! "
Brenden Lopez @brenden_lopez_: The amount of Ray Lewis clips sportscenter has shown today would make me think he had died
Matt Kissner @Kissner22: Ray lewis was in madden this year therefore the madden curse has proven to be real
Kennan Hazeltine @KennanH: 700th tweet goes to Ray Lewis. My idol. Little piece of my heart broke when i heard he was done for the year. No football player like him.
Bill Barnwell @billbarnwell: Maybe it's time to dump the "We're keeping the NFL safe for Ray Lewis" commercials.
darren dutchyshen @dutchysc: Ray lewis triceps surgery. I wonder if he will perform it on himself?
DeAngelo Williams @DeAngeloRB: 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
Eric LeGrand @EricLeGrand52: 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
Ross Tucker @RossTuckerNFL: Ray Lewis is the answer to the "who's the best player you ever played against" question I get asked all the time