According to reports issued today, Wednesday Jan. 23, Ray Lewis’ inspiration has reached beyond the limits of football and its fans. Michael Phelps is now giving credit to the Baltimore Ravens’ linebacker for inspiring him to continue swimming after the 2008 Olympics.
After winning eight gold medals in 2008, Michael Phelps found himself tapped out. He lacked interest and was exhausted to the point that his coach, Bob Bowman, had trouble getting Phelps to continue training. Evidently it was Ray Lewis that Michael Phelps often turned to during this difficult time.
“What he did for me is the best thing in the world,” said Phelps. “He helped me come back.”
A Baltimore native and die-hard Ravens fan, Michael Phelps indicated that he and Ray Lewis spoke often during the last couple of years of Phelps’ career.
“He just helped me get through a lot of hard times, and I wouldn’t have been able to do it without him. He’s been telling me ‘One more shot. We’re gonna have one more shot.’ And he did it.”
Though Ray Lewis has proven himself throughout his career on the field, there are still some who would question his character due to a tough journey of his own early in his NFL tenure. Clearly Michael Phelps would disagree.
Michael Phelps went on to win six additional medals at London’s Olympic Games. Now it is time for Ray Lewis to follow his own lead and claim the glory of a Super Bowl victory in his last game.