Ray Lewis delivers uncomfortable pump-up speech for Patriots


Ray Lewis delivers uncomfortable pump-up speech for Patriots

Pregame speeches are great for athletes. They should be strange for everyone else. There's a lot of screaming, things are blown way out of proportion -- it's a whole thing. 


For example, even the biggest Patriots fan has to be at least partially weirded out by Tom Brady’s shrill “let’s go” shrieking or his pre-Super Bowl XLIX “It’s about honor” speech. Yet those things work. They get teammates riled up put them in the right frame of mind to execute a carefully devised gameplan with an absolute crapload of energy. 

On Sunday, the NFL tweeted quite possibly the weirdest thing ever. Ray Lewis, certainly one with a knack for firing up his teammates, can be seen in what appears to be a garage giving a speech as though he were playing for the Patriots in Super Bowl LI. The video was tweeted for the most part without context, as it was accompanied with only,  “So. Many. Chills” in addition to a description of the video being “epic.” He also did one for the Falcons.

The video can be seen here, with a full transcription below. Kudos to the NFL for breaking up sentences mid-sentence for effect.  

There’s nothing new about this. This is the moment. That we now have a chance to see again. Four rings! And people telling us, they’re telling us that we’re OK with losing. Champions never be OK with losing.

Five rings. Five rings says everything for what we’ve built. What we’ve done. It’s never about the wins and losses. It’s about the opportunity to be a champion for the rest of your life. Thats what the New England Patriots believe in. That’s what our culture is. And guess what? It may be us against the world, but who cares? Today is all that matters. Every time you snap the whistle, every time the ball moves. You hit whatever’s in front of you. 

Fourth quarter, real champions find a way to win. Because of fundamentals. That’s why we’re so doggone god. People want to talk about why we do what we do. And why we’re so consistent. Because we come to work every day, put on our hard hats, and regardless if you like us, you better respect us. Because if you won’t, I promise you the scoreboard will. 

This is a chance. To capture a legacy. That’s forever. And somebody. Somebody will be inspired. Once you host the Lombardi Trophy. Once you’re able to see it one more time. Once you’re able to kiss it one more time. you will know that the New England Patriots are probably the greatest team of all time, probably the greatest moments of all time. 

It’s your time now, Brady. It’s your time now, leader. It’s your time, general. It’s your time. Lead us to the next place. You’ve done it for so long. Somebody’s trying to come take your thrown. Somebody’s trying to take your throne. 

You must make this personal. This has to be personal. Because everybody’s saying you’re okay because you’ve already been to four. Look around this locker room and look in these men’s eyes. And let them see why you were picked in the sixth round. Let them see what that passion feels like. Today, today were’ crowned as the champions as the world. 

Five. New England Patriots. Let’s go. 

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Report: Patriots special teams ace Slater visiting Steelers

Patriots seven-time Pro Bowl special teamer Matthew Slater is in Pittsburgh on Saturday making a free-agent visit to the rival Steelers, according to an ESPN's Field Yates.

Slater, who turns 33 in September, has spent the past 10 seasons in a New England. The special teams captain and one of the leaders in the locker room signed a one-year, $1.8 million contract extension in 2016.

The Patriots lost special teamer Johnson Bademosi to the Texans in free agency on Friday but signed special teamers Brandon Bolden and Brandon King just before the free agency period began.

More to come...

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Brady tests his 'Brady Bunch' knowledge on NPR

Tom Brady has been making the media rounds lately with "Good Morning America" and "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" appearances this past week to promote his "Tom vs. Time" series and TB12 Method book. On Saturday, Brady was a phone-in guest on NPR's "Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me" for their "Not My Job" segment. 

Before a mostly cheering live audience in Hartford and after a discussion of the benefits and drawbacks - mostly drawbacks - of tomatoes and strawberries, plus an assessment of the intelligence of most defensive coordinators, Brady settled in to handle three questions about the world's second-most famous Bradys, the family from the classic sitcom - "The Brady Bunch".

Click here to listen and see how he did.