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Video: Ray Lewis' inspirational post-game speech

Posted on: January 25, 2012 10:05 pm
Lewis put Baltimore's playoff loss to New England in perspective. (Getty Images)

By Ryan Wilson

Sometimes it's easy to forget that football really is nothing more than a bunch of guys in costumes playing a game. It's not life or death or the end-all be-all, even if a subset fans prefer to live that reality. Last Sunday, for the second time in four years, the Ravens lost in the AFC Championship game, and it happened in heartbreaking fashion. With seconds remaining, Lee Evans dropped a perfect throw from Joe Flacco for what would've been the go-ahead touchdown.

And then a harried Billy Cundiff pull-hooked a gimme 32-yard field goal after inexplicably losing track of the game situation. It was an improbable chain of events that had to be particularly hard to swallow for veterans like Ed Reed and Ray Lewis, players who very well may have retired had the Ravens won the Super Bowl.

Afterwards, Lewis, who has been this team's leader since he was drafted in 1996, didn't bemoan his fate or call out his underperforming teammates. Instead, he came to their defense during his postgame interview. And before that, but shortly after the season's outcome had been decided, he gave an impassioned speech that helped put things in perspective.

Cundiff later told the media that “You know that Ray Lewis has poured his heart out, and you don’t know how many years he has left. To let him down is pretty tough.”

Lewis might've been let down but he sounds like he's at peace with whatever life may bring. There's a lesson in there somewhere for these folks.

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Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2012 10:57 am

Video: Ray Lewis' inspirational post-game speech

Ray didn't murder anyone....clearly hanging out with criminals was his crime and a sad lack of judgement....certainly not to this extent but we've all been with people who do things we wouldn't and it's an uncomfortable situation......murder is different but does someone really believe that if the prosecuter's thought ray lewis was complicit in those murders they would let him walk??  How's ray carruth doing???  Ray should have known better than to be there but to label him a murderer is unfair and false.....simply FALSE!!!!!

Since: Jun 22, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 8:41 am

Video: Ray Lewis' inspirational post-game speech

This man makes no sense...all the hoopla, yelling, made for tv speeches make no sense at all.  We did what we came to do???  The goal was to lose?  Guess if I scream like a blubbering idiot I don't have to have a logical point.

Since: Dec 3, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2012 8:10 am

Video: Ray Lewis' inspirational post-game speech

For those of you that want to continue finding justice for the families that were affected by the murders, it will not happen.  This is over and the only justice left to be served will occur when those involved meet their maker.  It's not our business here.  That being said, you don't have to like Ray Lewis or his word.

For those of you that want to glorify a player despite his past, continue to do so.  I just hope you find more genuine and powerful mentors in your personal life.  There are known facts in this case for which Ray Lewis is guilty (because he plead his guilt in the court of law).  I don't pretend to know what those are (I don't care enough to pursue them), but if what was stated earlier in this thread is true, then Ray Lewis is lucky to be walking the streets as a free man.  Ignore those facts if you want, if that helps you with your idolization of a simple football player, but don't criticize others for finding issue with it.

Ray Lewis is a great football player.  Big effing deal.

Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2012 3:40 am

Video: Ray Lewis' inspirational post-game speech

 Bottom line, who cares, u Haters. He's a football player, stop talking about their persoanl lives you F'n Nancys. This isn't InTouch magazine. You come off sounding like a jealous hater. The courts are the ones who decide a persons fate, not some loser behind a keyboard on CBS sports. I like the guy cause he's a phenomenal talent, one of the best players of his generation, and possibly the most inspirational leader in the NFL. Leave the rest of the speculation to Nancy Grace you estrogen fuelled soccer moms.

Since: Apr 4, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 2:24 am

Video: Ray Lewis' inspirational post-game speech

i find it funny how people hate Ray. You guys sound like you were a lawyer in the case. you guys wonder why the hell other countries hate us so much........... You love America  but when your personal beliefs upset you, you feel like you know what happened because you read it in a article, and you can't handle the idea. 

Since: Jan 9, 2012
Posted on: January 26, 2012 1:59 am

Video: Ray Lewis' inspirational post-game speech

Ray Lewis is a Scumbag of the Highest Order !!!

Since: Dec 23, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2012 1:56 am

Video: Ray Lewis' inspirational post-game speech

he  Pleaded Guilty In The Middle of his trial to COVERING up a double homicide  (because it wasnt going good and chances are he was going to be found GUILTY), and then precided to Rat out his Co-Defendants to save his A$$  .. either way he was there when the Murders took place and their is his story and his Co defendants stories ....But every way you cut it he is a RAT to make a deal and plead guilty after claiming his innocence, like O.J. the civil courts did not buy his story and he paid out a large sum to hthe Victims families of this crime ... He can preach about God all he wants (He is a Hypacrite) someday he will pay for his crime as we all will when he reachs the pearly gates

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:55 am

Video: Ray Lewis' inspirational post-game speech

What more can you say? Its guys like ray lewis, that make teams come together.  He and Brian Dawkins have said things to those guys in the huddle that could get someone at a desk job pumped. It's humbling to hear a player with his status talk about the game like that after such a tough loss, especially from a guy who only has a few years left.

Since: Apr 4, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:35 am

Video: Ray Lewis' inspirational post-game speech

KLM all I can say is wow...apparently you spent months and months studying the case and realized ideas that no one else knows. 

take it easy 

Since: Apr 4, 2011
Posted on: January 26, 2012 12:29 am

Video: Ray Lewis' inspirational post-game speech

awesome speech. wish they would of won 

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