Baltimore Ravens legendary linebacker Ray Lewis let his emotions flow prior to his team's 28-13 win against the New England Patriots in Sunday's AFC Championship Game.
As the national anthem echoed through Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, the CBS cameras captured Lewis in tears as the end approached. He was talking to himself, presumably thankful for the opportunity to carry on the final chapter of his career.
Lewis is among the most passionate, fiery competitors in the history of the league and one of the greatest leaders of all time. It comes as no surprise that he was choked up before kickoff.
Lewis channeled his emotion and played a stellar game, leading Baltimore with 14 total tackles.
As the anchor of so many phenomenal Ravens defensive units over the years, he is on the cusp of winning the Super Bowl for just the second time in his illustrious career.
His return from a torn triceps injury has helped the Ravens defense improve down the stretch, to a level that has gotten them to this critical juncture in the postseason.