The Ravens got an unwelcome visitor at their headquarters on Thursday.
Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun reports that CBS brought a Lombardi Trophy to Ravens camp to take promotional pictures of players standing with the trophy. The Ravens didn’t want any part of a trophy that they haven’t won, however, and linebacker Ray Lewis explained why they were opposed to the idea.
“Yeah, you see everybody wants to have you take pictures with it,” Lewis said. “Like I told my team, don’t ever take pictures with nothing that’s not yours, nothing that you haven’t earned. When we hold that Lombardi next Sunday, you’ve earned it when you touch it. Don’t fool yourself and try to trick yourself, ‘Oh, this feels great.’ Don’t go through that. I don’t believe in jinxes and all that. I just believe in, ‘Don’t set yourself up for something unless you’ve worked for it.'”
Lewis’ teammates agreed and the network had to come up with a different plan. The players wound up posing for pictures with a helmet instead.