Former Baltimore Ravens linebacker and current ESPN NFL analyst Ray Lewis would deliver inspirational speeches before every Ravens game. They got the team fired up to play the game and roll some opponents, and more often than not, that's exactly what ended up happening.
Maligned Baltimore quarterback Joe Flacco was there for Lewis' pregame rituals over each of the last five seasons. But the Super Bowl champion revealed something interesting in an ESPN bio about himself: most of those speeches really didn't make a whole lot of sense.
"That's not me," Flacco says. "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. He meant everything he was saying, but I didn't know what he was talking about 90 percent of the time."
Flacco's been raked over the coals for years for what comes out of his mouth, especially when he said he thought he was the best quarterback in the league. And while we don't know exactly what Lewis said in a lot of those speeches, isn't it conceivable that Flacco is being 100% truthful? Lewis is big on hyperbole and metaphors, and those are a pair of techniques that can spiral out of control.
The biggest question now is whether or not TV viewers are going to say the same thing about Lewis' analysis of the NFL.
"a lot of them didn't even make sense. He meant everything he was saying, but I didn't know what he was talking about 90 percent of the time."
Are you sure this is not a quote from someone in the least common denominator that ESPN targets their content towards?
"But I don't care what Ray Lewis has to say, just as long as I get to hear him say it." -LCD
"That's why we love you." -ESPN
@awfulannouncing how much whispering is he going to do?
@awfulannouncing Any word if Ray Lewis' ESPN on-screen bio will include felony charges, plea deal in murder case?
I have no interest in hearing Ray on tv every weekend. Then again, I have no interest in espn at this point outside of actual game coverage.
Do really need to still be talking about ray Lewis? He's a douche bag phony and thug!! Wouldn't surprise me a bit if he ends up on a court docket very soon..
I believe Flacco. No doubt, Ray Lewis was a GREAT linebacker but he was also a huge phony. He definitely knew where the cameras were at ALL times & he played up his phony intensity