With Ray Lewis officially retired and out of the NFL, we’ll no longer get to see or hear the crazy intense pep talks he became known for in the locker room and on the field.
Lewis’ former quarterback in Baltimore, Joe Flacco, was recently featured in ESPN The Magazine, where he talked about those famous Lewis speeches. What he had to say was actually pretty funny.
“I love Ray,” Flacco said, “and I love how he always spoke from the heart, but if you listened to those speeches, a lot of them didn’t even make sense. He meant everything he was saying, but I didn’t know what he was talking about 90 percent of the time.”
Sure, Lewis’ speeches may have been unintelligible most of the time, but you can’t argue with the results. Lewis’ leadership was a big reason the Ravens took home the Lombardi Trophy last year and, because of his delivery and intensity, most of his pep talks could get even a buddhist monk fired up.
Let’s just hope he’s a little easier to comprehend when he starts his post-NFL career as an analyst for ESPN.