Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 1/15/13
Ray Lewis returned from injury only to announce he was retiring at the end of the year.  That one announcement has triggered waves of emotion for both players and fans as they prepare to say goodbye to a guaraunteed Hall of Famer.We're now preparing for the third week in a row.Tony Gonzalez announced his retirement around the same time as the Super Bowl last year.He's had what could be the best year of his career, including his first-ever playoff victory.For me, the ideal story would be these two players (maybe even Ray Lewis trying to cover Tony Gonzalez) facing off for one last ring in the Super Bowl.  However, that doesn't mean there won't be any added drama this year.  Just consider some of these other possibilities:A brotherly battle between John Harbaugh and Jim Harbaugh (Ravens and 49ers).We all thought a match like this would happen this year, but between the Mannings.  Then came the usual late collapse by the Giants, and this time they just couldn't sneak into the playoffs....
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