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12-Year NFL Veteran DB Announces Retirement

A closeup of two Baltimore Ravens football helmets.

BALTIMORE, MD - AUGUST 25: A pair of Baltimore Ravens helmets sit on the sidelines during the Ravens game against the Washington Redskins at M&T Bank Stadium on August 25, 2011 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

On Wednesday, Baltimore Ravens safety Anthony Levine Sr. officially announced his retirement from the NFL. He spent over a decade in the pros.

"My goal was to make it to the NFL... not knowing that I'd play in the best organization in the world," Levine said in his retirement video.

Clearly, Levine made a strong impression on his coaches in Baltimore over the past decade. John Harbaugh had nothing but praise for the special teams ace while discussing his retirement.

"Tough, smart, persistent and dependable, Anthony represents the very best of what it means to be a Raven," Harbaugh said, via the Ravens' official site. "A relentless competitor and man of high character, Anthony poured every part of himself into the team."

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo had an update on the next chapter for Levine. It turns out the former safety will transition over to a coaching role.

"Ravens DB and special teamer Anthony Levine Sr. announces his retirement," Garafolo said. "Will transition into a coaching and scouting assistant role. Not a surprise. One of the smarter players I’ve gotten to cover. Good guy, too."

Levine, an undrafted player out of Tennessee State, finished his NFL career with a pair of Super Bowl rings. Overall, he compiled 147 total tackles, 16 pass breakups, four sacks and two interceptions.

We're excited to see how Levine fares as a coach.