I’ve learned a lot from watching the Ravens this year. Wow! (Again, as a Redskins fan first; a Ravens fan second). Ray Lewis is a true leader, and the spirit and love the players have for each other is “contagious.” As I wipe away a tear brought on by sheer inspiration and admiration, I am motivated to emulate that type of spirit—one that does not give up and lifts others up along the way.
I’ve included an article and a few video clips. One video is of Ray Lewis’ inspiring speech after the Ravens loss to the Patriots last year. The other is of the Ravens THIS YEAR, one year later, after playing the Patriots again, but this time, beating them for a visit to the Super Bowl!
“From the countless injuries to my big bros retirement announcement, to Torrey losing his lil bro…this has definitely been a season of adversity and challenges. BUT, through adversity and challenges, guys who faithfully have each other’s backs GROW, PROSPER, AND OVERCOME! The one thing we always do better than anyone is LIFT EACH OTHER UP! New Orleans, here we come!!!”
– Ray Rice, Baltimore Ravens
Video: Ravens Still Inspired By Ray Lewis’ Message
Posted Jan 16, 2013
Ray Lewis’ speech after last year’s AFC championship fueled the Ravens to get back to this point.
That’s when Ray Lewis pulled his team together.
In an emotional message, Lewis told his teammates that he would return for another season, and challenged them to get back to work so that they could finish the job next year.
“We had a great leader pull us back together, and that was No. 52,” Ray Rice said at the starting of training camp. “Without him in that locker room at that moment, I don’t think the gelling would have come back. Ray Lewis brought us together as a team, and you’ll see a team come out here with pride.”
That speech fueled the Ravens to get back to the AFC championship, knocking on the door of the Super Bowl. And as they prepare to head back to New England for a rematch, Lewis’ message is still very much on the minds of some Ravens. Wide receiver Torrey Smith tweeted a link to the video Tuesday afternoon.
“This video reminds me of how we finished last year … but also that life is bigger than football … it’s a blessing,” Smith tweeted.