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Michael Phelps credits Ray Lewis for helping find his passion

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If Michael Phelps again wins multiple gold medals at the Summer Olympics, Ray Lewis will deserve some of the credit.

Phelps told the Baltimore Sun that he experienced some burnout after winning eight gold medals in Beijing four years ago, and it was tough to get as motivated to compete in London this year. But getting to know Lewis, hearing his pep talks and seeing the passion the Ravens’ linebacker still has for his sport after 16 seasons in the league helped Phelps to rediscover his own passion for his sport.

I love to watch him play. It sends chills up my spine,” Phelps said. “And his words are so powerful. It’s what friends are for.”

Phelps is a big Ravens fan, and he and Lewis have developed a bond over the last few years. Lewis has a reputation for being as good a motivator off the field as he is a linebacker on the field (he recently gave a rousing speech to Stanford’s basketball team), and Phelps says his relationship with Lewis has meant a lot to him.

“Ray is a good friend of mine,” Phelps said. “Baltimore is my hometown, and it’s where I grew up. I’m always going to have a place there. I love Baltimore, I love being close to [where] the Ravens play.”

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20 Responses to “Michael Phelps credits Ray Lewis for helping find his passion”
  1. t2live says: May 11, 2012 11:36 AM

    Arguably the greatest linebacker ever?

  2. jamezz23 says: May 11, 2012 11:38 AM

    come on Phelps we all know it was that marijuana that we saw you tokin in that picture. That’s the real reason.

  3. Steeley McBeam says: May 11, 2012 11:42 AM

    Love the player, hate the team.

  4. TSizzleBallSoHard says: May 11, 2012 11:53 AM

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Ray Lewis could be telling you how to fold laundry and it would be the most intense conversation of your life.

  5. southpaw2k says: May 11, 2012 11:55 AM

    t2live says:
    May 11, 2012 11:36 AM
    Arguably the greatest linebacker ever?

    —————————————————-

    I’d put Ray Lewis in the top five ever, but I don’t see how anyone could top Lawrence Taylor at the linebacker position. And I’d put Butkus #2, and Singletary at #3. Lewis would be #4.

  6. TSizzleBallSoHard says: May 11, 2012 12:05 PM

    He is the greatest! The only linebacker that I would consider putting ahead of Ray is L.T.

  7. joetoronto says: May 11, 2012 12:13 PM

    God only knows how long before we see someone like Ray Lewis again.

    The guy is a man amongst boys.

  8. texansdude says: May 11, 2012 12:34 PM

    The dude intimidates me, and I’m not even on the field.

  9. sportsmeccabi says: May 11, 2012 12:58 PM

    Ray Lewis is the greatest inside linebacker of all time. So comparing him and LT isn’t a good measure up. LT was an outside pass rushing line backer.

  10. Neftali Ramos says: May 11, 2012 1:03 PM

    Ray Lewis could motivate a slug to tackle a pile of salt!

  11. bunkmcnulty says: May 11, 2012 1:17 PM

    @southpawk
    Ravens Fan here and I am not sure I have Ray above Lambert (and I like nothing Pittsburg, I even stopped buying Heinz ketchup for a year!). Not sure I have Singletary in the Top 5.

    My top 5.

    LT
    Butkus
    Lambert
    Lewis
    Nitchsche (however it’s spelled)

    Others in the discussion:
    Lanier
    Hendricks
    Hamm
    Singletary
    Bednarik

    I know I am missing some…off the top of my head.

    One more thing. Here’s the anti-Steeler guy (me). He is not at the top of the list, but pound for pound, and over achiever and under sized, I don’t think anyone did better than Lambert with their God given talent. He was not the best, but pretty dam close. Big gap between LT and anyone at #2.

  12. lgwelsh1 says: May 11, 2012 3:03 PM

    Ray Lewis is the definition of intense. How can you not be motivated when you listen to him.

  13. naanunaanu says: May 11, 2012 3:32 PM

    LT was good but Lewis is much better

    LT only had 10 of 13 good Years

    Ray is still a Starter and making game changing plays at year 16

    Lewis is better.

    and oh by the way the Players Voted him a #5 on the countdown last year…… #5 at age 35.

  14. xsorethumbx says: May 11, 2012 3:38 PM

    if Michael where to every stab somebody, you know Ray would have his back and not say a word.

  15. flaccounibrow says: May 11, 2012 3:44 PM

    Butt budies for life!!!!

  16. beeronthefridge says: May 11, 2012 3:45 PM

    Ray will teach Phelps how to beat a rap?

  17. namriverrat69 says: May 11, 2012 3:48 PM

    When I saw the headline I thought of the great Olympian Carl Lewis who I’m sure could also have motivated him. Both are Lewises are great athletes.

  18. randallflagg52 says: May 11, 2012 8:07 PM

    Ray Lewis makes Generals Patton and MacAuther look like Dick Cheney in the inspiration department.

  19. hansenbrothers says: May 11, 2012 11:19 PM

    I’m not a ravens fan, but I must admit that this dude is an all time great.

  20. yukon672010 says: May 14, 2012 9:13 AM

    @ Xsorethumbx….
    …whats it like working that 3rd shift at 7eleven, being envious of and jealous of….well…everyone……

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