Ray Lewis' famed speeches were inspirational and legendary. According to Joe Flacco, they were also damn funny.
Per a USA Today report, Flacco was not unlike a high school kid chuckling to himself at the back of the class at times this season.
Those emotional speeches delivered by Ray Lewis sometimes delved into the bizarre, giving the Super Bowl MVP a bad case of the giggles.
"Oh, it's funny," Ravens quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco told USA TODAY Sports at a charity event Saturday. "His speeches come from the heart, but there's definitely times where I'm sitting there kind of chuckling to myself. It's all good. There's nobody that's more passionate about what he does than that guy.
"So you just sit back and take it all in, but there's times where he says some stuff and you're like, 'Man I don't know what that meant, but I like how he said it.'"
For those needing extra motivation to get through the rest of the work week, or perhaps added incentive to lift an entire car, here are a couple of Lewis' more popular speeches.
Here he is talking to the Stanford basketball team, who then left the locker room by busting through walls.
Here is the speech that greets players when booting up EA's Madden 13. That way, you get amped for life before wasting 14 hours indoors playing a video game.
So you see, his speeches are indeed motivational steroids. However, you could see how a season of listening to them may serve to have each one lose its luster.
Flacco is now the leader of the team, enjoying a nice pay raise after winning the Super Bowl—he recently signed a new contract of $120.6 million over six years. Though, he is content with his own brand of leadership.
"I don't do what Ray does, but I'm the leader of the football team," he said. "I do it in my way. There are people that do it different ways and obviously we're able to do it pretty well."
So don't expect Flacco to get up in front of the players before each game and deliver a speech that is so over the top that some might fall over laughing.
From now on, the Ravens may have to corral around someone's laptop and just watch Lewis' speeches on YouTube, because they continue to be just as effective.
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