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Ray Lewis gave the Ravens one last emotional speech

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You couldn’t throw a rock the last month or so without hitting a member of the Ravens raving about linebacker Ray Lewis‘ leadership qualities.

As a result, Lewis didn’t need to do much to cement his reputation in that regard this weekend. His teammates say that he went ahead and did so anyway on Saturday night, however.

Mike Silver of Yahoo! Sports spoke to several members of the team who said that Lewis’ speech on Saturday night moved players to tears as he told them that they would succeed in the Super Bowl because of how much the players on the team loved one another. Lewis said that people win championships “based off love” and his words resonated with the rest of the team.

“I mean, we were ready to die for each other out there. And I know that’s a bit dramatic, but that’s the way this team is. That’s what Ray has talked about. The reason we’ve succeeded is because of the way we feel about each other. It’s something Ray Lewis has told us since Day One. ‘What would you do for the man next to you?’ For us, the answer is, ‘Anything,'” linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo said. “Love put us over the top. You wouldn’t think it, because football is a game known for machismo and violence and toughness, but love is what drove our success. Just like the most epic action movies end up being love stories – The Matrix, Star Wars, Gladiator. This Ravens team is a love story.”

As Ayanbadejo said, it isn’t something you associate with football but it certainly resonated with the Ravens on Sunday. Filling Lewis’ spot on the field seems like it might be easier than filling his role as team leader and inspiration when they get back together to defend their title.

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53 Responses to “Ray Lewis gave the Ravens one last emotional speech”
  1. fuglyflorio says: Feb 4, 2013 12:21 PM

    I wish this phony would just shut up and go away.

  2. lennydpocketqb says: Feb 4, 2013 12:26 PM

    And then he let the tears flow like the river Nile!!!

  3. blacknole08 says: Feb 4, 2013 12:27 PM

    I’m confused about the whole “love affair” concept as far as it pertains to a football team, but even this makes for a better love story than Twilight.

  4. ravens205255 says: Feb 4, 2013 12:27 PM

    Let everyone hate on him. He goes out on top.

  5. cosanostra71 says: Feb 4, 2013 12:29 PM

    Ray Lewis is annoying.

  6. bucrightoff says: Feb 4, 2013 12:31 PM

    Of course a guy willing to kill is ready to die. Obviously question of course is how many times did God get mentioned in the speech, since apparently God’s will is why those two guys are dead.

  7. shinywalrus says: Feb 4, 2013 12:32 PM

    Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

  8. clownsfan says: Feb 4, 2013 12:33 PM

    Of course he did……..

  9. joetoronto says: Feb 4, 2013 12:33 PM

    I’ll miss watching him play, that’s for sure.

    All the best, Ray.

  10. logicalvoicesays says: Feb 4, 2013 12:34 PM

    London Fletcher won Superbowls without performance enhancers.

  11. joetoronto says: Feb 4, 2013 12:38 PM

    It’s too bad London Fletcher can’t hold a candle to Ray lewis.

  12. therealtrenches says: Feb 4, 2013 12:39 PM

    It’s hoaky stuff. Ray’s sloganeering has always been trite. But if the guys in the locker room buy in (because most of them are dumb jocks who have no clue about what’s trite and what’s not) it doesn’t matter: whatever works works.

    But isn’t it creepy that a guy who is a bona-fide murder suspect is asking people in his locker room if they would ‘die’ for each other?

    This is the same guy who predicted that if there was a strike last season, it would spark ‘violence in the streets.’

    Why can’t anybody see through this bible-thumper’s ruse and realize how truly dark his mind is?

    ESPN would be smart to avoid him, dumb to hire him. I hope they’re noticing how well-received the anti-Ray Lewis comments have been in the weeks leading up to the big game.

  13. salutethis says: Feb 4, 2013 12:41 PM

    I don’t like the guy, but his team sure carried him to a ring. Good for them. Now let’s get ready for free agency! Good luck with that ravens, you have what, 22 free agents?

  14. azarkhan says: Feb 4, 2013 12:41 PM

    No more silly Ray Lewis dances or silly, fawning media. Thank God!

  15. gonavybeatarmy says: Feb 4, 2013 12:41 PM

    Go away O.J.

  16. thatdamnsasquatch says: Feb 4, 2013 12:42 PM

    I’ve never seen anyone use God as a shield more than this guy.

  17. stro210 says: Feb 4, 2013 12:43 PM

    I hope someone really analysed that game and his play. Terrible play the entire game; thank god his god squad self is out of the league. Stahan and Bettis are examples of legends going out on top, not this narcissistic clown.

  18. aboveaveragejoe11 says: Feb 4, 2013 12:43 PM

    When did he ever give a speech that was not emotional?

  19. howiefeltersnatch says: Feb 4, 2013 12:43 PM

    “In this country, you can be somehow involved with stabbing murders and not only get away with it, you can become a millionaire and national figure in the media too.”

  20. rayswhitesuit says: Feb 4, 2013 12:47 PM

    I guess if you hang out with Ray Lewis you’ve gotta be ready for SOMEONE to die.

  21. randygnyc says: Feb 4, 2013 12:48 PM

    I’d like to know if ray killed again, last night, while celebrating this Super Bowl win.

  22. haterade999 says: Feb 4, 2013 12:54 PM

    Awwww… Look at that. The Lewis bashers are out in force again today.

    Say what you will but Ray leaves the game as a CHAMP. And you leave nothing but an internet comment.

    Your comment fades in seconds. His legacy lasts through the ages.

  23. boogerhut says: Feb 4, 2013 12:55 PM

    Really? Promise? Please be done with your transparently bogus Jesus talk. Go far far away now, maybe wash some lepers feet or something else Saintly.

  24. bearsstillsuck says: Feb 4, 2013 12:58 PM

    I hope he doesn’t start giving inspirational speeches to espn commentators.

  25. bkostela says: Feb 4, 2013 1:02 PM

    like him or not, he’s the heart and sole of his team and the city his team plays in.

    i remember several weeks back reading an article on this site that was explaining how ray had lost more than a step and his return to the field wouldn’t mean much to the ravens defense.

    sometimes we underestimate the power of the will and how much intangibles can effect the outcome of athletic events.

  26. mullman76 says: Feb 4, 2013 1:02 PM

    Hate is prevalent today. It happens, not much one can do about it. Time to stop berating a man because the justice system may have failed.

    Time to move on. The Ravens won, the 9ers did not.

    …and it wasn’t because of the refs…

  27. rayswhitesuit says: Feb 4, 2013 1:05 PM

    BTW, Ray Ray may leave a champion but he had very little to do with that result last night. They were running over and by him all game long. And now he gets to cement his legacy by moving to ESPN, that national bastion of sporting irrelevance.

  28. manilarizzo says: Feb 4, 2013 1:13 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Feb 4, 2013 12:38 PM
    It’s too bad London Fletcher can’t hold a candle to Ray lewis.

    What?

    Look up their career stats side by side. I give Lewis a slight edge. But can’t hold a candle? You obviously don’t know what you’re talking about.

  29. armchairqb says: Feb 4, 2013 1:18 PM

    Good, Ray. Now go away forever and ever and ever.

  30. neovenator250 says: Feb 4, 2013 1:19 PM

    any chance the Ravens need a LB coach? Seems like a natural fit for Lewis

  31. haterade999 says: Feb 4, 2013 1:24 PM

    rayswhitesuit says:
    Feb 4, 2013 1:05 PM
    BTW, Ray Ray may leave a champion but he had very little to do with that result last night. They were running over and by him all game long. And now he gets to cement his legacy by moving to ESPN, that national bastion of sporting irrelevance.
    ____________________________

    He’s a 2 time World Champ. You post rhetoric on the internet.

    That pretty much says it all.

  32. ziggy26 says: Feb 4, 2013 1:25 PM

    Ray Lewis is/was a great player. He was still above-average this season, despite being pretty old.

    He was extremely overdramatic this offseason, to the point that he annoyed most neutral fans. His constant assertions that somehow God was behind the Ravens over every other team came off as foolish. He may or may not have used a weird spray to help him recover from injury. He was a liability in pass coverage vs. the 49ers. He probably fake cried a number of times. Despite having a bad game he was the first Raven on the Super Bowl winners podium.

    But guess what, in a few years, none of this is going to matter. Everyone will forget this silliness at the end, and just remember him as one of the best defenders to ever suit up.

    It happens with many all-time greats. Remember how everyone hated Favre? That’s already starting to fade.

  33. humbleminded85 says: Feb 4, 2013 1:30 PM

    Hey GoNavyBeatArmy, the Ravens won the superbowl…deal with it.

  34. bigbluenationdb says: Feb 4, 2013 1:47 PM

    Brendon Ayanbadejo talking about how men love each other. Isn’t this the same clown fighting for gay rights in Maryland while the state of Marylands education system is so broke. How fitting,

  35. melikefootball says: Feb 4, 2013 1:59 PM

    Ray got what he deserved this week, old memories and some deer antler. He was given a ring but he did not do anything to get it . Speeches is all he has left and thumbs up for Jim Nance bringing up his past obstruction of justice in a murder case,on the air.

  36. crazycane says: Feb 4, 2013 2:10 PM

    The inches we need are all around us!

  37. fanofevilempire says: Feb 4, 2013 2:21 PM

    I wish Ray Ray Could go to Disney World too.

  38. filthymcnasty1 says: Feb 4, 2013 2:47 PM

    Even with the Superbowl rings, it’s tough to shake that double homicide reputation.

  39. mustafa67 says: Feb 4, 2013 2:53 PM

    You keyboard commandos who have never played any team sport at a high level just have no clue. The 2012 Ravens accomplished something special TOGETHER, and until you have played on any kind of team in any sport, you will never understand what these guys went through. Now go back to making snide comments about things you know nothing about.

  40. nolanwiffle says: Feb 4, 2013 3:25 PM

    So if the Niners punch that last score in and win the game…….it would have been a case of the Ravens not loving each other enough?

    Can we finally be done with this egomaniac?

  41. 6superbowls says: Feb 4, 2013 3:27 PM

    Glad he’s gone. Tired of hearing week in and week out about the biggest self-promoting drama queen to hit the NFL since Terrell Owens. This man had no class and has always was all about one person. Ray Lewis. I, for one, will not watch ESPN when he’s on. Hard to believe they really think a man who was part of trying to coverup a murder would allow them on TV.

  42. scoobies05 says: Feb 4, 2013 3:28 PM

    loving all the posters who said the ravens would lose to indy denver new england and san fran are now saying they wont be good next year. its laughable. almost like rex guaranteeing a sb every year. and now ray is gone and still being presumed guilty after being proven innocent. jealousy is funny. congrats ray on a hof career and congrats ravens on sb 47. go ravens!!

  43. heyzeus143 says: Feb 4, 2013 3:29 PM

    See ya

  44. edithpiaf51 says: Feb 4, 2013 3:30 PM

    I know Ray Lewis can be annoying at times, I agree. However, I do not believe his emotions are fake and I do not believe there is anything wrong with talking about God. That is the same criticism people have about Tim Tebow. Being a Christian I feel God is lost in this world. Also there is nothing wrong with a man talking about love. That is nice. If the reason everyone is angry is because of what happened 12 years ago, I can understand that. I am confused by that because part of me says he could have changed his life around and part of me does not know. I would like more details about what happened. If love helped the Ravens that is good. I see nothing wrong with that. If Ray really did murder anyone that is up to the justice system to take care of. and of course if he did, that is wrong and horrible and yes justice should be done, but do we really know what happened? I know I do not. I need more information before I can even offer an informed opinion.

  45. mudhead123 says: Feb 4, 2013 3:44 PM

    So glad he is gone. Stupid antics

  46. ruthlssjag says: Feb 4, 2013 3:44 PM

    From a Jags fan,
    Regardless of what ALL of u hater’s gotta say:

    Ray Lewis is a part of NFL football history. Last night was epic for Lewis & the Rayvens. Not many player’s play for 1 organization their entire career, but Ray did. He was the vocal leader of this team since day 1.
    He’s easily a 1st ballot Hall of Famer, & he went out on TOP. It doesn’t get any better than that. Kudos to one of, if not the greatest LB to ever play the game of football.

    Rise UP Baltimore,
    You guys are the “2013 NFL World Champions”

  47. justintuckrule says: Feb 4, 2013 3:58 PM

    He doesn’t even make sense when he speaks. It’s just a bunch of gobblety-gook.

  48. 2jivecrew says: Feb 4, 2013 4:13 PM

    Love put us over the top.

    ————

    Well, that and an uncalled helmet to helmet on 3rd down that should’ve been an automatic first and the subsequent no call on the DPI on 4th during the final 49ers drive.

    And no, i’m not a 49ers fan.

  49. thejuddstir says: Feb 4, 2013 5:35 PM

    ““I mean, we were ready to die for each other out there………”, Ayanbadejo apparently doesn’t know about Ray’s past! People do die.

  50. mlbbal52 says: Feb 4, 2013 5:57 PM

    Yall mad hahahah you mad!!! He went out on top!!! Hilarious you haters soak it in!!!

  51. realfootballfan says: Feb 4, 2013 6:18 PM

    The end of a great era. This is the quintessential football leader.

  52. ravensdominate says: Feb 4, 2013 8:45 PM

    Love you Ray! So happy you went out on top! No better way! All these haters must really be losing sleep now!

  53. joetoronto says: Feb 5, 2013 6:09 AM

    Great players are remembered forever, Ray Lewis was a great player.

    London Fletcher, not so much, not at all.

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