Justin Verlander will end his career as one of the greatest pitchers in the history of Major League Baseball. 

The Detroit Tigers ace righty has certainly captured the hearts of baseball fans everywhere, and he's more than just athlete in the state of Michigan -- he's an icon. 

Verlander has already strung together an American League-MVP and Cy Young season and has appeared in two World Series during his stay in Detroit; he'll have at least five more years to do the same, as he recently signed a five-year extension worth up to $202 million, according to Matthew Mowery of the Oakland Press. 

"I love this city & the fans," Verlander posted on Twitter account (via Mowery). "Couldn't be more excited to spend my career here! We're going to bring a World Series to Detroit."

There is no doubting Verlander's drive; he has delivered time and time again. He's in his prime and is a World Series title away from joining greats like Mickey Lolich, Denny McLain and Jack Morris, three of the Tigers' best pitchers. 

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