Future Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis visited USC today to address the Trojans as they prepare to face Notre Dame on Saturday.
“Effort is between you and you,” Lewis said of a realization he made years ago. “Effort. This ain’t about X’s and Os.”
The former Miami Hurricane also talked about his time in college. The knowledge that he was surrounded by elite athletes forced him to find other elements put himself on a level above everyone else he played with and against.
“What makes me different? How do I stand out? I ain’t the fastest. I ain’t the biggest. I ain’t the strongest, never have been. But lord be my witness, I’ve never met a man in my life that will flat out outwork me,” Lewis said.
He went on to warn about the dangers of wasting time, “Time slows down for no man. So the question is, how much time are you going to waste?”
Finally, the former Raven revealed the secret to his greatness: “People don’t realize what you have to give up to become great,” Lewis said. “What sacrifices you have to make to become great. What promises you have to make to yourself to become great. Greatness ain’t a thought process. Greatness is a lifestyle.”
What did USC RB Silas Redd take away from Ray Lewis’s speech to the team? “Everything. I don’t think I blinked once while he was talking.”
— USC Trojans (@USC_Athletics) October 16, 2013
You can watch the video of Lewis’ address here: