Bill Belichick on Ray Lewis

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has a lot of admiration and respect for Baltimore Ravens middle linebacker Ray Lewis, who announced that he is retiring after the postseason.

The Patriots (12-4) are enjoying the bye week but Belichick took the time to briefly discuss one of the greatest linebackers of all time.

"Tremendous player, tremendous career," Belichick said. "I’ve known Ray since I went down and visited with him in 1996 prior to the draft in Miami. He’s had a great career, he’s a great player."

Second-seeded New England may not have seen the last of Lewis. Baltimore (10-6), the fourth seed, could play the Patriots in the divisional round if the Ravens beat the Indianapolis Colts and the Houston Texans lose to the Cincinnati Bengals.