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Joe Flacco: A lot of Ray Lewis' speeches didn't make sense

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09:33 AM ET 08.24 | Ray Lewis has been known to give a motivational speech or two. And on game days, that would include the squirrel dance. But after 17 seasons, Lewis has called it a career. Which means that the Ravens will have to turn to others for pregame pep talks. Maybe quarterback Joe Flacco, the Super Bowl MVP who signed a six-year, $120 million contract extension this offseason, is finally up to the task. He's certainly earned his teammates' respect, even if he's not big on all the rah-rah stuff. We know this from his "steady as she goes" disposition, but also because Flacco admitted as much. A few years ago, former offensive coordinator Cam Cameron asked Flacco if he'd be willing to give a fiery speech, Ray Lewis-style, to the offense the night before a game. "That's not me," Flacco told ESPN's Kevin Van Valkenburg. "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."

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August 24, 2013  09:37 AM ET

Joe Flacco: A lot of Ray Lewis' speeches didn't make sense

Surprise. surprise. surprise.

August 24, 2013  09:44 AM ET

He was a difficult man to understand!!!

August 24, 2013  10:02 AM ET

August 24, 2013  10:04 AM ET

I wash born here, an I wash raished here, and dad gum it, I am gonna die here, an no sidewindin' bushwackin', hornswagglin' cracker croaker is gonna rouin me bishen cutter.

August 24, 2013  10:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

I wash born here, an I wash raished here, and dad gum it, I am gonna die here, an no sidewindin' bushwackin', hornswagglin' cracker croaker is gonna rouin me bishen cutter.

Howard Johnson is right.

August 24, 2013  10:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Howard Johnson is right.

We the God fearing citizens of Rock Ridge.

August 24, 2013  10:23 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

He was a difficult man to understand!!!

Even he didn't understand.

August 24, 2013  10:26 AM ET

A pregame speech from Flacco...


Thrilling.

August 24, 2013  10:38 AM ET

"IF YOU GUYS DON'T PERFORM, MY $120m IS GOING TO LOOK INFLATED, SO LET'S DO IT......WIN ONE FOR ME"!!!!

August 24, 2013  10:51 AM ET

Teammates may respect Flacco, but they were a just little scared of Lewis.

August 24, 2013  11:39 AM ET

This news is so old. Flacco said the exact same thing just after the Ravens won the Super Bowl. With the NFL about to fire it up, this is the news we're getting?

August 24, 2013  11:48 AM ET

Flacco had four good games last year. That's the last time that's going to happen until he gets traded to Oakland in two or three years.

August 24, 2013  11:56 AM ET

I don't think Ray knew what he was talking a about 90% of the time.

August 24, 2013  12:02 PM ET
QUOTE:

my friend's ex-wife makes $65 hourly on her knees...

She is not charging enough, or is working too slowly.

Still, it's good to be able to quote and report abuse again.

August 24, 2013  12:13 PM ET

A Ray Ray quote:

"You???ve got to go out and show them that I???m a different creature now, then I was five minutes ago, cause I???m pissed off for greatness. Cause if you ain???t pissed off for greatness, that just means you???re okay with being mediocre."

Got it? one two three lets go! ( the only part his team mates could decipher).

August 24, 2013  12:18 PM ET

Lewis Quotes:

When you believe in what you believe, no matter what ppl believe, the ultimate is the ultimate. This is the ultimate


Who doesn't understand that? Jeesh!

August 24, 2013  01:41 PM ET

Maybe he was auditioning for the Robin Williams part in the Snickers commercial.

August 24, 2013  02:16 PM ET

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August 24, 2013  02:18 PM ET

Ray Lewis was and is a punk who happened to be a good pro linebacker.
Anyone who looks to him for inspiration and wisdom will get just what they deserve.

 
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