Learn to Handle Defeat from Ray Lewis's Speech Following Ravens' AFC Championship Loss

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Immediately following a devastating loss to the New England Patriots last weekend in the AFC Championship game, Baltimore Ravens LB Ray Lewis, unwilling to place blame on any single player for the loss, stepped up and rallied his team with words of wisdom and encouragement. Get ready to be inspired...

Transcription below is via the Huffington Post:

God has never made a mistake. He's never made one mistake.

It ain't about one play. This year, we did what we were supposed to do, we fought as a team. We fought as a team. There will be one Super Bowl champ crowned at the end of this year, that's it. So the way we feel, somebody gonna feel like that tomorrow, and somebody gonna feel like that in a week. That's a fact. And the fact is, we gotta come back and go to work to make sure we finish it next time. That's all we gotta do.

Joe [Flacco], you played your [butt] off. You hear me, man? I'm telling you, man, don't ever—don't ever—drop your head when it comes to a loss, dog, because there's too much pain outside of this that people are really going through. This right here makes us stronger. Let's understand who we are as a team, let's understand who we are as men, and let's make somebody smile when we walk out of here. We got the opportunity to keep going, men. Let's be stronger as a team, men. Let's be who we are.


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Topics: MOTIVATION | NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS | CHAMPIONSHIP | ENCOURAGEMENT | BE INSPIRED