Before games, the Ravens linebacker would clap his hands, slap his chest, and exhort his team to win, shouting phrases like "This is it!" and "Let's leave no doubt today!" and leading chants in the huddle. Lewis allowed his passion to compensate for a lack of specific rhetoric. "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," Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco told 'ESPN The Magazine' earlier this year. "He meant everything he was saying, but I didn't know what he was talking about 90 percent of the time." Lewis now works as a commentator.
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