Baltimore Ravens middle linebacker, Ray Lewis, was on Monday Night Football tonight. Dressed to the nines and professional as ever, he was interviewed by Jon Gruden.
I love Ray Lewis. He is my favorite football player.
Scratch that. He’s my favorite athlete, though I’m not even a Ravens fan.
Ray Lewis has been in the NFL for 16 years, and he plays like it’s the last time he’ll ever be on the football field.
Ray Lewis loves football. I mean absolutely loves football. He is as intense as they come.
I can only imagine what great things we all could do with half as much intensity, passion and dedication to our chosen profession as Ray Lewis.
Every game, every play, Ray Lewis gives everything he’s got. According to him, he has to. He would never let a teammate down.
He learned from Mike Singletary, that as a leader, you have to control your emotions.
Ray Lewis is an amazing man to watch. If you don’t know of him or haven’t paid attention to him, I dare you not to be mesmerized by him. To not want to be led by him. I will watch a Ravens game just to watch him lead his defense.
As Ray told Jon Gruden, a leader is willing to serve, willing to shed pains and puts himself last in order to lead.
When asked why he’s so intense and so dedicated all the time, he said it’s because he’s got kids. He told them if you ever start something, finish it.
Ray Lewis wasn’t in the University of Miami media guide when we got to the campus to play college football, but he boldly told them he wanted to be the greatest defender to ever play the game.
He’s certainly made a pretty darn good case over the past 16 years in the NFL.
And I’m inspired to watch, both as a football fan and a leader.