"It don't matter about me. What matters about me is sacrificing for you—for the ultimate goal, which is us."
—Ray Lewis, Baltimore Ravens, Linebacker
As the fall high school sports season hits the halfway mark, your win-loss record may become a stress factor. However, no matter how difficult the season has been thus far, do not leave your locker room brothers behind by becoming a selfish teammate.
To be successful and win a championship, a team must work together toward one goal. One player cannot take on an entire team by himself, but one player with a poor attitude can tear a team apart. Self-sacrifice is the sign of a true leader and will not go unseen by college scouts.
Every team needs a leader who will sacrifice himself for the greater good, and for the past 15 years, Ray Lewis has been that player for the Baltimore Ravens. Although he's known for his big hits on ball carriers, QBs and anyone else daring enough to run across the middle, the two-time NFL Defensive MVP takes pride in going all out on every play, even if he doesn't get the tackle.
Lewis' ability to fill holes, take on lead blockers and force the ball into a sea of purple tacklers makes him one of the most dominating linebackers of all-time—an 11-time Pro Bowler (most ever by an inside linebacker).
Lewis takes satisfaction in doing the little things right and in always putting out extra effort to enable his teammates to succeed. Linebackers Terrell Suggs and Jarret Johnson wouldn't have become accustomed to big tackle seasons over the past few years without their Mike linebacker redirecting the plays out wide.
The leader of one of the top defenses in the NFL is also the motivational voice of the Baltimore Ravens. Check out the combination motivational speech/highlight video capturing the very best of Ray Lewis. If this doesn't get your blood boiling, time for a pulse check.
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