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After loss, Ray Lewis told Ravens: This makes us stronger

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After the Ravens lost the AFC Championship Game to the Patriots, Ray Lewis said publicly that he will not retire. And in a private moment with his teammates, he sounded even more fired up to keep going.

When the Ravens joined together in the locker room after the game, Lewis insisted that the team had to use the bitter taste of a tough loss as a reason to unite and build a better team next season.

“We’ve got to come back and go to work, to make sure we finish it next time,” Lewis said. “This right here makes us stronger. Let’s understand who we are as a team. Let’s understand who we are as men. And let’s make somebody smile when we walk out of here. We’ve got the opportunity to keep going, men. Let’s be stronger as a team, man. Let’s be who we are.”

It was the kind of inspirational message that shows why Lewis has long been viewed not only as one of the greatest defensive players in NFL history but also as one of the greatest team leaders in NFL history. You can hear Lewis’s speech here.

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  1. weepingjebus says: Jan 25, 2012 10:11 AM

    “..and we’ll also be bringing in a kicking consultant consultant, to help our kicking consultant.”

  2. jpb12 says: Jan 25, 2012 10:13 AM

    “This makes us stronger”.

    He’s a pretty strong guy.

  3. berniemadoffsides says: Jan 25, 2012 10:14 AM

    Maniac… you can’t not like him.

  4. jagsfan1 says: Jan 25, 2012 10:15 AM

    Well Ray Ray – perhaps we should start calling you Hercules – because you ain’t makin’ it back to the big game.

  5. ampats says: Jan 25, 2012 10:15 AM

    That was a great speech for his team mates.

    Great game Ravens fans. See you next season at M&T.

  6. alan226 says: Jan 25, 2012 10:16 AM

    Now that’s a team leader and a first ballot hall of famer talking, not some whiner like some of his team mates….

  7. duraco20 says: Jan 25, 2012 10:16 AM

    Ray Lewis is a true leader and it has been a pleasure to watch him thrive and bounce back from adversity

  8. xxshookonexx says: Jan 25, 2012 10:16 AM

    Well, I wish them luck in the Super Bowl….wait, what? they aren’t in the Super Bowl….then why are we talking about the Ravens so G. D. much!!?!

  9. benwantsababyruth says: Jan 25, 2012 10:18 AM

    Wish I had a Ray Lewis for every time I need motivation.

  10. pleasantsurpriselefty says: Jan 25, 2012 10:18 AM

    I’m not much for praising members of the other team but Ray Lewis is one of a kind: GREAT! Anybody that pays attention to football would want him on their team or share a foxhole with him. They ought to make him an honorary Navy Seal.

  11. tdk24 says: Jan 25, 2012 10:22 AM

    “This right here makes us stronger”, Lewis said after handing out a 6 month supply of steroids to each teammate.

  12. joe6606 says: Jan 25, 2012 10:22 AM

    “Lewis has long been viewed not only as one of the greatest defensive players in NFL history but also as one of the greatest team leaders in NFL history”
    —————————–
    And of course an admitted and convicted participant in a murder…

  13. mataug says: Jan 25, 2012 10:22 AM

    @pleasantsurpriselefty

    With all due respect, an honorary Navy Seal ? Do you even realize what you just said there ?

  14. fissels says: Jan 25, 2012 10:26 AM

    I like Ray Lewis

  15. southpaw2k says: Jan 25, 2012 10:28 AM

    Once again, I ask the question – is there a fan of any other team who wouldn’t want Ray Lewis leading the defense? If so, please raise your hand so I may promptly whack you on your head.

  16. madmax80 says: Jan 25, 2012 10:29 AM

    Isn’t that the same thing he told the guy that he had stabbed??

    Then the guy died. Guess it didn’t make him stronger.

  17. mswravens says: Jan 25, 2012 10:29 AM

    In life, some people just “get it.” Ray gets it…he may have traveled some rocky roads to get there, but he gets it…and his ability to share the message is unparalleled. Truly an honor to have him as a member of our family, i.e., our BALTIMORE family!!! Great season. That’s what counts. Move on from adversity. As I told my son, the bitter taste of a loss like this (and we have had more than our share in BMore) makes the feeling of winning that next Championship all the sweeter!!!

  18. eecs2323 says: Jan 25, 2012 10:31 AM

    Ray Lewis witnessed a murder and only came forward after his buddy was caught. I refuse to look at him as a good person or a quality leader.

  19. ingraven says: Jan 25, 2012 10:31 AM

    I LOVE Ray Lewis and he is a GREAT leader of this team probably the BEST leader of ANY football team,but I just really hope is AGE/ABILITY slowing down doesnt hinder us next year like it did at times this year.

  20. calminknowledge says: Jan 25, 2012 10:33 AM

    Awesome. I feel inspired to come stronger today and do better than yesterday. Real talk. Thanks Ray.

  21. ingraven says: Jan 25, 2012 10:34 AM

    Regardless of anything you cant help but to respect him though.

  22. bubba9er says: Jan 25, 2012 10:36 AM

    I listened to his speech on Mike and Mike and got goose bumps. I have heard a lot of speeches, and motivational ploys, but Ray just seems so sincere. Maybe the best leader ever to play pro football.

  23. pdmjr says: Jan 25, 2012 10:39 AM

    What else would he say?

    They missed their only opportunity to get to a Super Bowl in the last 11 years.

    Ask the Jets how that worked out for them.

  24. democratsarestupid says: Jan 25, 2012 10:41 AM

    Ray is the greatest motivator in sports history. I wish he was around as I type this to motivate me to get back to work.

    Guarantee that the NFL’s 1st game next year on Thursday Night Football is Pats vs. Ravens in Baltimore.

  25. bosfaninva says: Jan 25, 2012 10:41 AM

    “Anybody that pays attention to football would want him on their team or share a foxhole with him.”

    Anybody that murders someone would want him on their team too.

  26. rhinosteel6 says: Jan 25, 2012 10:44 AM

    LOL that is Hilarious!!!! He has said that the last 2 times the Steelers knocked them out.. How much stronger do you need to be???!!!!! So tired of hearing him talk..

  27. bennyd720 says: Jan 25, 2012 10:53 AM

    If he was such a great man he wouldn’t have stood by and watched his entourage murder 2 people…

  28. 2sausage11 says: Jan 25, 2012 10:56 AM

    Now lets go to Atlanta. Who’s with me

  29. imopen7 says: Jan 25, 2012 10:58 AM

    hate the baltimorons but kudos to ray-ray for having his kicker’s back after the game. I dont think its true that “what dont kill you makes you stronger”. joe sacco has been trying to kill the baltimorons for five years and they still havent made it.

  30. citizenstrange says: Jan 25, 2012 10:59 AM

    Did he prance around and act crazy while he was talking? That never gets old!

  31. southpaw2k says: Jan 25, 2012 11:03 AM

    democratsarestupid says:
    Jan 25, 2012 10:41 AM

    Ray is the greatest motivator in sports history. I wish he was around as I type this to motivate me to get back to work.

    Guarantee that the NFL’s 1st game next year on Thursday Night Football is Pats vs. Ravens in Baltimore.

    ———————————————–

    Pats vs. Ravens in Baltimore to open the season would only have happened if the Ravens had won the Super Bowl. It’s tradition now for the reigning Super Bowl champion to host the game that opens the new season, so it’ll be either the Patriots or the Giants hosting a game to kick things off.

    But that Pats/Ravens game will most definitely be a prime time game next season.

  32. NoPayneNoGain51 says: Jan 25, 2012 11:04 AM

    Getting away with murder makes you stronger too.

  33. 8man says: Jan 25, 2012 11:05 AM

    We’ll see what the last Super Bowl loss does for Tom Brady.

  34. MCxShow says: Jan 25, 2012 11:13 AM

    That speech gave me chills

  35. jagsfan1 says: Jan 25, 2012 11:15 AM

    Dude needs to stop talking….you just KNOW there are dudes on the Ravens that roll their eyes when he starts yapping…
    Hasn’t been able to back up his words or his hype for quite some time now.

  36. melikefootball says: Jan 25, 2012 11:15 AM

    Ask the fans in Baltimore how strong they feel after another year losing in the playoffs. They were healthy, number 1 defense and the best Ray can come up with is this. I guess his rain dance just doesn’t get it anymore.

  37. pftcensorssuck says: Jan 25, 2012 11:21 AM

    So tell us Patriots fans again all about how beating New England in 2009 is going to give you an advantage in the 2011 AFC title game, Raven fans????

    Tell us again that New England hasn’t beaten a .500 team all season long????

    Pat’s fans do the talking AFTER they’ve won, not before!

    PATRIOTS ARE GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL!!!!!!

    How’s THAT taste, haters?????

  38. pastabelly says: Jan 25, 2012 11:23 AM

    Losing to the Patriots shouldn’t motivate the Ravens. It’s losing to four sub .500 teams on the road that ultimately cost them home field. Contrary to Lewis’ thoughts, it’s not always about how you “finish”. It’s the whole season. Show up for 16 games next year and not just the games that it’s easy to get up for.

  39. jamaltimore says: Jan 25, 2012 11:27 AM

    Old Spice, #52, Greatest of ALL TIME! Hate all you want but for 16 years for 60 minutes each Sunday’s he’s must see TV. As he ages he misses some things but when he pulls runningbacks away from the goal line on 3rd and one like he did twice on Sunday it still makes you just say WOW! Not to mention they way he clobbered BJGE on a run in the 3rd quarter.

    If you remember when the Jets took Bart Scott to run the middle of rexes defense there was talk they thought about Ray but he was too old. Next year Scott is cut from the Jets and Ray is already preparing his crew for another run at the title!

  40. 202folife says: Jan 25, 2012 11:27 AM

    It pains me to see Ray plodding along getting to the sideline after the RB has turned the corner. This was the greatest LB of all time and he’s now a shadow of his former self. He’s too arrogant to come off the field on 2nd/3rd and long believing he’s still an every down LB. Ray, walk away now before you get benched like Hines Ward did towards the end of this past season.

  41. laeaglefan says: Jan 25, 2012 11:32 AM

    For a guy getting long in the tooth like Ray Lewis is, I don’t see how that loss makes him or the Ravens stronger. Every season stands on its own, and what happened in 2011 really has no bearing on what might happen in 2012. I think the only thing certain that came out of that game is that Billy Cundiff will be looking for employment elsewhere next season.

  42. kaieye says: Jan 25, 2012 11:41 AM

    The only ones who are guilty of murder are the ones making the “Ray Lewis stabbing” comments. That joke was beaten to death years ago.

  43. kg1156 says: Jan 25, 2012 11:42 AM

    will everyone please stop it with the “stabbing” jokes! none of us know the details or what caused what to happen in atlanta over a DECADE ago! bottom line is 2 men lost there lives and it was very unfortunate! Ray was found not guilty in a court of law! After that incident Has there been any negative things done by ray lewis or said by ray lewis??? You learn from your MISTAKES and you get on with your life… The GUY is a GREAT football player, and a BETTER teammate! eveybody has had to overcome adversity at some point in there life and he has!

  44. vincentbojackson says: Jan 25, 2012 11:42 AM

    If losses in the playoffs make you stronger the Ravens must be the strongest team in the league.

  45. salmen76 says: Jan 25, 2012 11:43 AM

    I love Ray lewis. He’s a great man and probably the best active football player in the entire world. But his Sunday school teacher has been teaching him wrong. God did indeed make a mistake. God acknowledged his own mistake as it states in the book of Genesis. He even asked himself for forgiveness. He said his mistake was making man ‘imperfect”. Personally, i’m glad i’m imperfect and i thank God for that. Its alot funner being a sinner than a God or a Jesus. Genesis goes on to say that God attempted to correct his mistake by destroying the earth with water while Noah and his family and bunch of animals road the flood out on the ark. It sounds kind of culty but it is true right there in the book of Genesis.

  46. jmota222 says: Jan 25, 2012 11:46 AM

    Congrats ray on a great year !! I’ll be pulling for you and the ravens next year….

  47. Will Plourde says: Jan 25, 2012 11:51 AM

    To me, the majority of his ‘motivational speeches’ lack substance. The energy is there, but his command of the English language is mediocre at best. He is right, however. This loss should seal the fate of Cam Cameron, and a more complex offense with all the other pieces in their places could create a Ravens team to be reckoned with.

  48. clayton43 says: Jan 25, 2012 11:54 AM

    Ummmm The Ravens time has passed, this was there shot andd I dont think they get back again so Ray can dance his pre game dance another year but it wont matter… He should save his energy for the actual game… maybe he wouldnt peter out so early in games and he will need to use more of his HGH spray for another year unless the NFLPA finally agrees to testing… then he is screwed !!

    A very good player past his prime.. is a shame he killed someone ( wonder what he did with his shirt he was wearing that night that just cant be found anywhere still ) … So dance and preach away you piecce of crap, but you arent going to the Superbowl !!

  49. steelerfanjo says: Jan 25, 2012 12:00 PM

    Ray Lewis is a scumbag. He talks, he showboats and he is never questioned about Atlanta. The NFL promotes this human pieces of feces. He is over-rated, and should be in prison. There is no place for him in the NFL. Who cares what he says or thinks. He is what is wrong with pro sports.

  50. dmretrogames says: Jan 25, 2012 12:04 PM

    They should be the strongest team in history next year with all of the playoff losses recently.

  51. dawhorsefeathers says: Jan 25, 2012 12:06 PM

    pftcensorssuck says:

    Pat’s fans do the talking AFTER they’ve won, not before!
    ——————————
    Only if you’re talking about 2001, and that’s really a technicality, because Pats fans didn’t exist.

  52. runrickyrun34 says: Jan 25, 2012 12:11 PM

    The audio is even better…

    And @steelerfanjo, you have some “scumbags” on your team to. Everything that Ravens fans have to endure about Lewis being a murderer, Steeler fans who bring it up constantly get what they deserve when people complete crap on players on your team. And that’s only towards disrespectful garbage Steeler fans. I happen to know, and have seen on here, plenty of knowledgable Steeler fans with that I have, and would watch a Ravens/Steelers game with.

  53. detroitcityryda says: Jan 25, 2012 12:16 PM

    Ray is abusing that tromodol thing lil too much that’s why he’s all crazy on the field .

  54. humbleminded85 says: Jan 25, 2012 12:17 PM

    pftcensorssuck says: Jan 25, 2012 11:21 AM

    How’s THAT taste, haters?????
    ——————————————————
    “Haters”…hands down the most overused and corniest term ever. If someone doesn’t like YOUR team that doesn’t make them a hater…that makes them a fan of ANOTHER team! Smh…you kids up here kill me sometimes.

  55. tatatoothy says: Jan 25, 2012 12:22 PM

    Who wrote this, Chris Chase?

  56. southpaw2k says: Jan 25, 2012 12:37 PM

    steelerfanjo says:
    Jan 25, 2012 12:00 PM
    Ray Lewis is a scumbag. He talks, he showboats and he is never questioned about Atlanta. The NFL promotes this human pieces of feces. He is over-rated, and should be in prison. There is no place for him in the NFL. Who cares what he says or thinks. He is what is wrong with pro sports.

    ————————————————-

    Wow, that has to be the most unbiased post on here I’ve read in a long, long time. Let me guess – Ben did nothing wrong in your eyes, right?

    I should also mention that I think jokes made at either player’s expense for past incidents – guilty or otherwise – is stupid. Lewis’ case is especially idiotic because 1.) it happened 12 years ago, and 2.) HE DID NOT KILL ANYONE. If you actually took 30 seconds to read the facts of the case, you’d be able to figure that out pretty quickly.

    Besides, if he were on the Steelers for the past 16 years and not the Ravens, I doubt you’d be calling him a scumbag or claim he should be in prison right now.

  57. hartleechung says: Jan 25, 2012 12:40 PM

    What will make them stronger is that Joe Flacco shaved off that Ben Stiller mustache.

  58. bunkmcnulty says: Jan 25, 2012 12:41 PM

    Bottom line.

    People who can buy in to Ray being a changed man from his earlier mistakes speak kindly of Ray. And people who know football also appreciate Ray Lewis. And by the way, he did not murder anyone, or take part in the murder. He did not tell what he knew (initially) and that was obstruction. That has been dealt with, like it or not.

    People who hate Ray or the Ravens typically espouse their stupdity with their statements on here. It is pretty easy to identify who these mental giants are. These people make up for their own inadequacies by trying to take another person down. They are really sad, pathetic people.

    Have a nice day!

  59. democratsarestupid says: Jan 25, 2012 12:47 PM

    @steelerfanjo

    Just to show how ignorant you sound. You can replace “Ray Lewis” with “Ben Roethlisberger” and it holds up

    Ben Roethlisberger is a scumbag. He talks, he showboats and he is never questioned about Atlanta (Milledgville). The NFL promotes this human pieces of feces. He is over-rated, and should be in prison. There is no place for him in the NFL. Who cares what he says or thinks. He is what is wrong with pro sports.

    Sounds pretty dumb huh? It’s just a football game and you need to relax

  60. jjsteelerfan says: Jan 25, 2012 12:56 PM

    Let’s whine about refs before every big game!!!!

  61. pigbladder says: Jan 25, 2012 1:06 PM

    great motivational speech, sure.
    however, it is over, the season is dead, and the ravens came up short of their goal. the ravens are not playing to be superbowl champions, just another late round draft selection, and to the golf course just like the other losing teams that he mentioned.

  62. bunkmcnulty says: Jan 25, 2012 1:10 PM

    vincentbojackson says:
    Jan 25, 2012 11:42 AM
    If losses in the playoffs make you stronger the Ravens must be the strongest team in the league.
    ______________
    Another mental giant!

    You’re right. Much better to just miss the playoffs altogether so you don’t rack up those playoff losses.

    It’s a wonder that people like this know how to get on the internet.

  63. toegoat says: Jan 25, 2012 1:13 PM

    As a Pittsburgh native and life long Steeler fan I must say that Ray Lewis is most definitely a first ballot hall of famer. His play on the field and his leadership are uncanny. With that I must say that I honestly don’t want him on my team, 5 years ago I would’ve busted in my pants if we signed him, now his skills are diminishing imo anyway.
    To my fellow Steeler Nation: Please stop the hate towards other teams whether it is warranted or not Ray Lewis had a rocky few years early in his career just like many other athletes and regular people for that matter. Doesn’t change the fact that he was an absolute monster on the field.
    Go Steelers

  64. theandy59 says: Jan 25, 2012 1:19 PM

    Ray Lewis is motivational in the same way that some fire-breathing, bible thumping, televangelist dirtbag is motivational. It’s acting, people. You don’t think he knows the cameras and recorders are rolling? This guy is a fraud, and everything he says smacks of contrived drivel. Hell, half of it doesn’t even make any sense! “Let’s be who we are”? What the hell is that supposed to mean? Now the guy has been a great football player, but the operative phrase is “has been”. He’s a shadow of his former self, yet it doesn’t surprise me in the least that he’s too self-absorbed and arrogant to recognize that his constant presence on the field is hurting his team. I’ll be happy the day he rides off into the sunset with his nonsensical pre-game dance routine and his false bravado. First ballot HoF’er for sure, but he’s in the A**hole Hall of Fame too.

  65. jdandcoke says: Jan 25, 2012 1:23 PM

    a few things: ray lewis is a tremendous player and a tremendous leader on that team; people are capable of doing very bad things in life and then turning their lives around…it does happen; lewis, as great a lb’er as he is, isnt as good as LT was.

  66. steeelfann says: Jan 25, 2012 1:31 PM

    HGH makes you quite a bit stronger. Right Ray?

  67. steeelfann says: Jan 25, 2012 1:32 PM

    BTW I wish Ray lined up next to Harrison. Just saying.

  68. BTC says: Jan 25, 2012 1:40 PM

    melikefootball says:
    Jan 25, 2012 11:15 AM
    Ask the fans in Baltimore how strong they feel after another year losing in the playoffs. They were healthy, number 1 defense and the best Ray can come up with is this. I guess his rain dance just doesn’t get it anymore.

    —————————————————

    Actually, Ravens defense was #3 this year, not #1. And if you actually watched the game, the defense was not the reason the Ravens lost. They owned Tom Brady (like they always do, really).

  69. tdk24 says: Jan 25, 2012 1:44 PM

    A “witness” to a murder doesn’t have to pay $2,000,000 restitution to the victims son. But Ray did. May as well call him O.J. Lewis.

  70. andyoursistertoo says: Jan 25, 2012 1:56 PM

    Sounds like the same speech he made to his posse after icing that guy

  71. wirelessguy22 says: Jan 25, 2012 2:16 PM

    Preacher Boy Ray just needs to go away. He’s been making his “last one for the Gipper” speech for the past 5 years. He just needs to move on,…got a feeling he’s going to be like the “Clintons” and just hang on to the NFL for the rest of his life.

    Give it up Ray!

  72. dickroy says: Jan 25, 2012 2:17 PM

    This makes us a stronger loser!

  73. unlost1 says: Jan 25, 2012 2:24 PM

    AND with that logic- this made the Patriots weaker!

  74. 2sausage11 says: Jan 25, 2012 2:40 PM

    tdk24 says:
    Jan 25, 2012 1:44 PM
    A “witness” to a murder doesn’t have to pay $2,000,000 restitution to the victims son. But Ray did. May as well call him O.J. Lewis.

    Agree and where is his white jacket never been found ODD

  75. mustafa67 says: Jan 25, 2012 2:54 PM

    Its pretty clear that some of the people commenting here have never participated in any kind of athletic competition ever. If that speech doesn’t get you fired up, why do you even like the game of football? Pretty sad.

  76. ppdoc13 says: Jan 25, 2012 4:09 PM

    I find the angst that Ray brings up interesting. For all the people spewing invective, who have never met the man, what is your problem.

    I would love to know the personal foibles of moronic miscreants like steelerfanjo and the patsy fans who seem to think that the ravens and ravens fans don’t respect them enough. It would be great to just write on some blog that steelerfanjo had an intense sexual interest in his sister or mother.

    For goodness sakes, Ray Lewis is human. He has made mistakes. He has paid for those mistakes. He has spent the next 10 years trying to help people and do good. What is great about American (typically) is that we tend for forgive. Hell, we forgave Bill Clinton for the blue dress. We must have forgiven Obama for hanging out with terrorists. Why is it that Ray can’t be forgiven by a group of people who have never met him and wouldn’t know him if they ran into him.

    There are some troubled people who post on this site. They think that the anonymity of the internet allows them to say anything that they want without thinking.

    It is kind of sad. They need help, but they can’t see it. At least Ray admitted what he did. And btw- we all know that he did not commit murder so lets just stop with the BS. Ray paid for his crime. Perhaps you don’t think he paid enough, but the bottom line is that the justice system as it is meted out its punishment and Ray did what was required.

    G-d forbid any of you posting this garbage invective have ever committed a crime, cheated on your taxes, gone over the speed limit, cheated on your spouse. I guess those posting the garbage are all perfect in their own eyes. You better hope so at least, because someday you will answer for what you do and what you say.

  77. billycundiff says: Jan 25, 2012 4:11 PM

    Yeah Ray, let’s get em next year, I’m with ya…fired up now, stronger!!!

  78. steelernation1 says: Jan 25, 2012 6:57 PM

    ahahaha..this will go down as one of the dumbest comments in NFL history lol…..no ray it makes you losers.

  79. ppdoc13 says: Jan 25, 2012 8:00 PM

    @steelernation1 – sort of like you, and your team for losing to a football team that has a tight end masquerading as a quarterback.

  80. ihateduke says: Jan 25, 2012 9:17 PM

    I wonder how many of his teammates are really tired of hearing those speeches. I don’t think T-Sizzle is a big fan of them.

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