The emotionally-filled speech Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis gave in the locker room following the team’s 23-20 defeat in the AFC Championship Game at New England has already received a lot of publicity.
The speech, which lasted just over minute, was an interesting way to move forward and transition into the 2012 season.
Lewis told the defense and the rest of the Ravens they had nothing to hang their heads about and to remember that only one team wins the Super Bowl. He told quarterback Joe Flacco not to get down because he played a certain part of his body off.
He added that this would motivate the team going forward.
“Every time you go through something like this, it has to drive you,” Lewis said, via CSNBaltimore.com. “I truly believe that it is the only thing that makes people great. It’s not the ones that’s always winning that people remember. It’s the ones that go through tough times.”
Baltimore has been through a few of those despite being regarded as one of the NFL’s top organizations.
Now, they’ve got something to fuel them while preparing for next season. Lewis said he’ll certainly be ready to go.
“As a team, we have been through every up and down roller-coaster through this journey, but for us to be here now, I’m hungry again,” Lewis said. “I’m thirsty again. Life offers too much, it really does.
The team took to his message. The frustration of this loss will linger will for sometime, but it will make them work even harder. Lewis just gave everyone a little more to drive for and silently made them understand 2011 was over and done with, and it’s time to look forward to the 2012 season.