LOUD NOISES is all Joe Flacco heard every time Ray Lewis began one of his patented motivational speeches.
In an interview with ESPN, the Baltimore Ravens quarterback told reporter Kevin Van Valkenburg that Lewis’ pregame orations—while he meant well—made little to no sense.
The admission was spotted by Chris Chase of For The Win.
"I love Ray, 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," Flacco said. "He meant everything he was saying, but I didn’t know what he was talking about 90 percent of the time."
Nobody knows what he means, Joe—but he’s provocative. He gets the people going.
If you're not familiar with Lewis' rambling style of oration, take a listen to this speech he gave to the Stanford men’s basketball team.
That’s a lot of information to take in. In two minutes, Lewis managed to weave a tapestry of motivation that began with teamwork, segued into a hypothetical situation where the sun burns out and then moved on to the importance of being a shape-shifter.
Lewis told the players to “forget that there was any sunlight left”—a scenario which would be problematic for athletes, considering the planet would freeze and college basketball would suffer a few setbacks.
Joking aside, Flacco’s admission isn’t a slight of a former teammate. Everyone within the Ravens franchise who played with the superstar linebacker came to appreciate and love Lewis’ intensity and charisma.
He didn’t always know what he was saying, but he said it fiercely and meant every word.
Give credit to Flacco for saying what was probably on everyone else's mind. It’s comforting to know that at least one person in the Ravens locker room listened to Lewis' speeches and walked away puzzled.
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