Excerpts and Video Clip from NFL Network’s Marshall Faulk’s 1-on-1 Interview with Ravens LB Ray Lewis
Marshall Faulk sat down with Ravens defensive leader Ray Lewis for candid discussion on what keeps the 14-year veteran motivated each season, addressing the questions regarding Baltimore’s defense losing its step and the legacy he hopes to leave behind.
Catch the entire conversation between Faulk and Lewis Sunday on NFL GameDay Morning, the first NFL pregame show on the air, at 9:00 AM ET on NFL Network.
“My motivation is that man over there, telling me he’s going to whoop me…that’s why it’s personal. It’s been personal from high school, it’s been personal from college. I’ve never been the biggest, never been the fastest, never been the strongest, whether it was in high school, little league, college or professional. So everything I got I’m willing to sacrifice to beat whoever is talking about they can whoop me. Bottom line.” – Lewis on what’s motivated him throughout his career
“I watched the Yankees [Wednesday night] and I’m sitting there saying to myself, ‘mmm, that feeling.’ I’m trying to express to [everyone], ‘If you knew what was going through their heads right now, realizing they are world champions, on top of the world – you know that feeling for life.’ I know that feeling…there’s nothing else I’m cashing outside of that. I don’t play this game for no other reason but to win another championship.” – Lewis on his motivation to win another Super Bowl
“You give up two big runs to somebody just because you didn’t keep your leverage…do you give credit to him? Hey, we’ll see this week. That’s where the credit is…because anybody can find something once, you know? You have to come do it again.” – Lewis on the Ravens defense that allowed Bengals RB Cedric Benson to become the first player to rush for 100 yards (120 yds) against the Ravens in 40 games, in Baltimore’s 17-14 Week 5 loss to Cincinnati
“When you’re going as hard as you do in this game, you know the risk that you go through…everybody gets hurt. I don’t believe there’s one man out there on the football field that’s looking to hurt somebody….My job as a linebacker is to buckle up my chin strap and if anybody comes in the middle of the field, to make them feel it while the play is going on. I didn’t hit him after the whistle; I hit him during a play. That’s football. And if I had to do it again, I’d do it a million times the same way.” – Lewis on his hit on Bengals WR Chad Ochocinco in the Ravens’ Week 5 meeting with Cincinnati
“Everything that I have is built in this city. [Playing] somewhere else would have been a very hard thing for me to do.” – Lewis on his ties to the Ravens and the City of Baltimore
To access a video clip of Faulk’s conversation with Lewis, please click on the following link: