Ray Lewis Hypes Up USC Football Team
Former all-everything linebacker Ray Lewis may be a proud product of “The U,” but on Tuesday afternoon he was brought in to USC by head coach Ed Orgeron to deliver his fiery brand of motivation to the Trojans’ players.
Sadly, USC removed the video of Lewis’ speech. But from the sounds of it, it was quite the show. Here’s a partial transcript:
“I figured out something a long time ago. Each one of you men have got to figure this out early. Effort is between you and you. Effort. This ain’t about X’s and O’s, because as long as you play this game, you’re going to have mess-ups, you’re going to have great plays, you’re going to have good days, you’re going to have bad days. That’s just the irony of this sport.
“But when you talk about effort, I wondered, when I got to the University of Miami, because there were so many great athletes… what makes me different? How do I stand out? What makes the coaches notice me? I started figuring out, playing with the (Warren) Sapps and all these different people, something’s gotta click in that every time a coach turns on the film, why is he calling my name? Why does he notice me? I ain’t the fastest. I ain’t the biggest. I ain’t the strongest. Never have been. Never have been. But Lord be my witness, I never met a man in my life that would outwork me.
“It’s the same thing in life. Making the right decisions, that’s a one-on-one battle. Whatever the majority of the crowd is doing, find your way doing the opposite and see nine times out of 10 how right you turn out to be.”
Evidently, USC players were all ears when Lewis spoke.
What did USC RB Silas Redd take away from Ray Lewis’s speech to the team? “Everything. I don’t think I blinked once while he was talking.”
— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) October 16, 2013