From his fellow Ravens teammates to arguably one of the greatest Olympians ever, Ray Lewis is motivating athletes everywhere. Following Baltimore's 28-13 victory over the Patriots in yesterday's AFC Championship Game, Phelps spoke with Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! and confessed that if it weren't for Ray Ray, the swimmer wouldn't have competed in the 2012 Olympics.

“I think he’s probably the most inspirational person I’ve ever met in my entire life,” Phelps explained. “A lot of people don’t know this, but he was one of the biggest reasons why I came back for four more years. Just some of the things that we have talked about, and he’s helped me get through, I can’t be more happier.

“He is a very powerful man. A very passionate man. I wouldn’t have been able to [swim in the 2012 Olympics] without him. And he’s been telling me, ‘One more shot, one more shot, we’re going to have it.’ And he did it.”

We're guessing the speech was something along the lines of, "see how many more medals you can receive before going back to smoking weed," but that's just us.  

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[via Larry Brown Sports]

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