Lewis thinking lighter, faster in 17th season

July 25, 2012 | Luke Jones

“It hits me definitely that I’m blessed,” Lewis said. “It’s just being blessed that I’ve been able to maintain through my injuries and through the ups and downs of this game. I think it’s a credit to my work ethic and just everything that I bought into over the years. Every year, I’m always trying to change; I’m always trying to come back better for my team.”

Only time will tell whether the lighter weight will bear fruits in 2012.

We’ve speculated about the end of his career for the last three or four years, but Lewis is focused solely on helping the Ravens get one step further than they did a year ago.

He says retirement isn’t on his mind, even if it’s all anyone else can think about while savoring the final act — however long it still might last — of his career.

“Whenever it happens, hopefully I am walking and still doing the things that I am doing [now],” Lewis said. “But I love the game too much, and I have a great connection to Baltimore. As long as I am playing and my body feels great, then I’ll keep doing it.”

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