According to Baltimore Ravens linebacker Brendon Ayanbadejo, Ray Lewis’ final speech to his teammates following last night’s Super Bowl win, made them all cry.
“I mean, we were ready to die for each other out there,” Ayanbadejo said,per NFL.com. “And I know that’s a bit dramatic, but that’s the way this team is. That’s what Ray has talked about.”
He says it was all about loving each other.
“Love put us over the top,” Ayanbadejo explained. “You wouldn’t think it, because football is a game known for machismo and violence and toughness, but love is what drove our success. Just like the most epic action movies end up being love stories — The Matrix, Star Wars, Gladiator. This Ravens team is a love story.”
Lewis told his teammates that he never loved as team as much as this one.
“And he included the 2000 team (which won the Ravens’ only other Super Bowl),” Ayanbadejo said. “People were crying. He was crying. It was the last time he was ever gonna stand up in front of us. So it was an intimate, special moment that we had together.”