12:38 pm, May 29th, 2012
Ray Lewis is a 13-time Pro Bowler, a two-time defensive player of the year, and a Super Bowl MVP. But there’s something about Mr. Lewis that is even more impressive than his on-field prowess: his ability to motivate the bejesus out of a roomful of people.
Earlier this year, Lewis
surprised the Stanford men’s basketball team before the tip-off of its NIT championship game. They won. And then, earlier this month, he bespeeched the Loyola men’s lacrosse team before it took the field for its quarterfinal NCAA championship game. They won. Then, perhaps powered (in part) by Ray Ray’s powerful words, the Greyhounds won their first NCAA championship, over Maryland. All I’m saying is, if the Mets want to call Lewis into its clubhouse right now, I’m not mad.
Without further ado, here are 11 inspiring Ray Lewis quotes to power you through your day.
1.Pissed Off For Greatness
"Effort is between you, and you, and nobody else. So that team that thinks it's ready to see you, they think what they've seen on film, they ain't saw what film shows, because every day is a new day. Every moment is a new moment. So now you've got to go out and show them that I'm a different creature now, then I was five minutes ago, cause I'm pissed off for greatness. Cause if you ain't pissed off for greatness, that just means you're okay with being mediocre, and ain't no man in here okay with just basic." [Via]
2.Your Fellow Man
"With the mindset that I give everything I've got for the man that's next to me, not me, cause I know what I got while I'm by myself, but when I step on the field, when I step on the turf, what am I willing to sacrifice?" [Via]
3.The War of the Worlds
"In any war, you put your back to mine, I put my back to yours, and let's do what we gotta do." [Via]
4.These Little Piggies
You take five fingers. Individually, I can pin any one of them, but if I pin them together (makes a fist), it's damn near impossible to turn this around. [Via]
5.Who You Gonna Call?
"There's a spirit that grabs me, and it's in every one of you guys, but the questions is, how much time are we wasting?" [Via]
6.The Day After Tomorrow
"If tomorrow wasn't promised, what would you give for today?" [Via]
"Let them see something they've never seen before, and when something goes wrong, smile, cause there's always a next play." [Via]
8.Stacks on Stacks on Stacks
"Greatness is a lot of small things done well, stacked up on each other." [VIA]
9.I Work Out
"I just came out of the gym from three hours this morning. I got five hours of sleep. That's it. Every day of my life, I'm trying to find a different way to get better." [VIA]
10.Tandem Ride of Motivation
"I ride my bicycle all the time. There's one thing about my bicycle. I'm riding, I'm riding, I'm riding. And no matter how tired I start to get, it's never about this pedal I'm pedaling, it's about the next pedal, and if you can get to that next one, your bike will keep moving." [Via]
11.You Only Get One Shot
"We get one opportunity in life, one chance at life to do whatever you're going to do, and lay your foundation and make whatever mark you're going to make. Whatever legacy you're going to leave; leave your legacy!" [Via]