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RAY LEWIS Baltimore Ravens linebacker (1996-2012) Career stats: (Credit: AP)

RAY LEWIS
Baltimore Ravens linebacker (1996-2012)
Career stats: 228 games played, 1,573 tackles, 41.5 sacks, 31 interceptions
Career highlights: Two-time Super Bowl champion (2000, 2012); Super Bowl MVP (2000); Two-time Defensive player of the year (2000, 2003); 13-time Pro Bowler.

Athletes who retired on top

With the win in Super Bowl XLVII, Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis officially ended his career in the NFL. A look at the prestigious list Lewis joins of legendary athletes who have left their respective sports as champions.

JOE DIMAGGIO Yankees centerfielder (1936-1943, 1946-1951) Career stats:
(Credit: AP)

JOE DIMAGGIO
Yankees centerfielder (1936-1943, 1946-1951)
Career stats: 1,736 games played, 2,214 hits, 361 HRs, .325 AVG
Career highlights: 10 World Series appearances (1936-39, 1941-42, 1947, 1949-51); nine-time World Series champion; three-time AL MVP (1939, 1941, 1947); record 56-game hitting streak (1941); selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1955.

MAURICE
(Credit: AP, 1957)

MAURICE "THE ROCKET" RICHARD
Montreal Canadians right wing (1942-1960)
Career stats: 978 games played, 544 goals, 965 points, 1,285 PIM
Career highlights: Eight-time Stanley Cup champion (1944, 1946, 1953, 1956-60); first player to reach the 50-goal mark in 50 games.

BILL RUSSELL Boston Celtics center (1956-1968) Career stats:
(Credit: AP)

BILL RUSSELL
Boston Celtics center (1956-1968)
Career stats: 963 games played, 21,620 rebounds, 22.5 rebounds per game average, 14,522 points
Career highlights: 11-time NBA champion (1957, 1959-66, 1968-69); five-time NBA MVP (1957, 1960-62, 1964); inducted into the National Basketball Hall of Fame in 1975.

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DAVID ROBINSON San Antonio Spurs center (1989-2002) Career
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DAVID ROBINSON
San Antonio Spurs center (1989-2002)
Career stats: 987 games played, 10,497 total rebounds, 2,954 blocks, 20,790 points scored
Career highlights: Two-time NBA champion (1999, 2003); Rookie of the Year (1989); Defensive Player of the Year (1991); NBA MVP (1994); inducted to the National Basketball Hall of Fame in 2009.

RAY BOURQUE Boston Bruins(1979-2000)/Colorado Avalanche (2000-2001) defenseman Career
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RAY BOURQUE
Boston Bruins(1979-2000)/Colorado Avalanche (2000-2001) defenseman
Career stats: 1,612 games played, 410 goals, 1,579 points, 1,141 PIM
Career highlights: Stanley Cup champion (2001); 19-time All-Star (1981-86, 1988-94, 1996-2001); Calder Memorial Trophy winner (1980); five-time James Norris Memorial Trophy winner (1987-88, 1990-91, 1994).

JOHN ELWAY Denver Broncos quarterback (1983-1998) Career NFL
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JOHN ELWAY
Denver Broncos quarterback (1983-1998)
Career NFL stats: 234 games played, 300 touchown passes, 56.9 completion percentage
Career highlights: Two-time Super Bowl champion (1997-98); Super Bowl MVP (1998); NFL MVP (1987); nine-time Pro Bowler (1986-87, 1989, 1991, 1993-94, 1996-98); inducted to National Football Hall of Fame in 2004.

DOMINIK HASEK Chicago Blackhawks, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red
(Credit: AP)

DOMINIK HASEK
Chicago Blackhawks, Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings goaltender (1990-2008)
Career stats: 735 games played, 389 wins, 18,648 saves, .922 save percentage
Career highlights: Two-time Stanley Cup champion (2002, 2008); six-time Vezina Trophy winner (1993-94, 1996-2000); two-time Hart Trophy winner (1996-97).

Michael Strahan Giants defensive end (1993-2007) Career stats:
(Credit: AP)

Michael Strahan
Giants defensive end (1993-2007)
Career stats: 216 games played, 667 tackles, 141.5 sacks, 24 forced fumbles.
Career highlights: Super Bowl champion (2007); Defensive Player of the Year (2001); seven-time Pro-Bowler (1997-99, 2001-03, 2005); holds the record for most sacks in a season with 22.5 (2001).

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JEROME BETTIS Los Angeles/St.Louis Rams (1993-1995), Pittsburgh Steelers
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JEROME BETTIS
Los Angeles/St.Louis Rams (1993-1995), Pittsburgh Steelers (1996-2005) running back
Career stats: 192 games played, 13,662 rushing yards, 91 rushing touchdowns
Career highlights: Super Bowl champion (2005); Rookie of the Year (1993); six-time Pro Bowler (1993-94, 1996-97, 2001, 2004); Comeback Player of the Year (1996).

RAY LEWIS Baltimore Ravens linebacker (1996-2012) Career stats:
(Credit: AP)

RAY LEWIS
Baltimore Ravens linebacker (1996-2012)
Career stats: 228 games played, 1,573 tackles, 41.5 sacks, 31 interceptions
Career highlights: Two-time Super Bowl champion (2000, 2012); Super Bowl MVP (2000); Two-time Defensive player of the year (2000, 2003); 13-time Pro Bowler.

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