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USC Football: Ray Lewis Addresses Trojans, "Greatness Is A Lifestyle" [Video]


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.”

 

You can watch the video of Lewis’ address here:

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  • anno nimus

    He taught them how to get away with murder, since OJ couldn’t be there.

    • Frank Charfauros

      You must be stupid! Get your brain out of your. Ass!!!!!

      • anno nimus

        OJ got away with murder, and so did Ray Lewis, what’s your problem, dipshit condoms?

        • Alicia de Artola

          Don’t forget the CL in class.

          • anno nimus

            I’m sorry but CLass and usc don’t go hand in hand. Usc was CLASSLESS in the manner they fired Lane Kiffin. It’s called karma, and karma is going to bite the Trojans on the ass.

          • Alicia de Artola

            You should be less concerned with what class USC does or doesn’t have and more concerned with the way you present yourself.

          • Frank Charfauros

            Alicia, i agree!!!!!

          • anno nimus

            Isn’t the purpose of your story to create a conversation/opinions? Do only the readers that agree with your story have the right if expression, and those that don’t are deemed as CLASSLESS? I think it’s classless of Pat Haden to have someone that was accused of murder on their campus speaking ti his team. But then again, this is usc, where 5 players were arrested for sexual assault/rape during the PC era, and many other arrests stemming from assault ti armed robbery, so you’re right Alicia, Ray Lewis was perfect for the motivational speech. lmao

          • Alicia de Artola

            I have no issue with your involvement in conversation. What I disapprove of is your vulgarity. “Dipshit condoms” is the language of an immature teenager. If you choose to present yourself as such then that’s what you choose.
            And don’t throw stones in a glass house. USC is far from the first school to have athletes mixed up in trouble and not even close to the worst offender. Let’s talk about Notre Dame’s abysmal handling of rape cases and their athletes. Let’s talk about Urban Meyer’s track record when it comes to player arrests. Let’s talk about every other school who deals with the exact same issues everywhere in the country. I fail to see how pulling arbitrary examples from a coach’s tenure that’s been long over has anything to do with the subject at hand.
            Ray Lewis was accused, not convicted. Ray Lewis has been on the straight and narrow ever since that incident. And I guarantee you your favorite team would LOVE to have him speak to them. ESPN employs him and puts him on your television screen. The NFL is going to honor him in their Hall of Fame one day. There is absolutely no reason for Pat Haden or USC to see any problem with having him speak to their athletes about being great.
            Your arguments are transparent and ridiculous. Get off your high horse.

          • anno nimus

            Usc may not be the only school to have players arrested for rape, but they are the only ones I know of to have 5 arrested and allowed to remain in the team. Along with all the others that also got arrested ffor armed robbery, aggravated assault, soliciting sex from an undercover police officer, possession of drugs with intent to sell, and also the only school to that I know of in which NONE of these thugs ever were charged, their charges were dropped in each case. You wonder why? Very simple! Usc had an insider in the L.A. Court System getting all these thugs iff rhe hook, his name is Carmen Trutanich LOOK IT UP!! Google “carmen trutanich usc football” As for rapes ib schools? Ha!!! Usc is currently under federal investigation for many female students charging rhe school of negligence because each time they reported this crime usc would simply sweep it under the rug. TOUCHE!!!!!

          • Alicia de Artola

            LOL I’m sorry, but do you actually believe any of this? The misinformation, willful ignorance and total lack of command of facts regarding all of the situations you cite above is so comical all I can do is laugh.

          • anno nimus

            Really? Please amuse me and tell which of the above is incorrect? :) can’t wait for your response.

          • Alicia de Artola

            The fact that you think the federal investigation into the handling of rape cases at USC has anything to do with athletics shows your ignorance (for the record, Notre Dame’s record on athletes and rape is well documented). The fact that you think Carmen Trutanich is getting USC players off the hook is laughable. But lets ignore the fact that you don’t name any of those players or situations. The fact that in your mind, USC is the only school with players who have been arrested but were allowed to remain on the team takes the cake. Have you ever heard of the Fulmer Cup?
            I’m done. This is what I get for feeding the trolls.

          • anno nimus

            Alicia, I don’t know how long you’ve had this’passiin

          • anno nimus

            Alicia, I don’t how long you’ve had this “assiina

          • alsace_man

            Alicia, you are incorrect that Ray Lewis was not convicted of anything. He was convicted of obstruction of justice. He destroyed evidence, his blood-soaked white suit that witnesses saw him wearing immediately after the stabbing. Sure he’s been on the straight and narrow since then; he got away with murder. He’s a felon, but he’s not stupid. When asked, he refuses to answer questions about the murder and accuses journalists of not having the “authority” to ask questions about it. Then he runs to hide behind his professed love of Jesus.
            Incidentally, I can say with certainty that neither the coach nor A.D. (Kirk Frerntz, Gary Barta) would ever consider allowing Ray Lewis to address any Iowa sports team. It would NEVER happen. Ever. You can bank on that.

          • Pridenpoise

            Nobody’s looking to address any sports team in Iowa. Sorry.

          • alsace_man

            Also classless in letting Lewis, a convicted felon (obstruction of justice) address the football team. I lost all respect for Haden for that one.

          • Alicia de Artola

            I hope you boycott ESPN and the NFL then.

          • alsace_man

            I haven’t watched an NFL game in years, literally. I find NFL football boring. And I’ve written to ESPN to voice my view on their hiring a felon.

          • Alicia de Artola

            Your ignorance on that issue is not surprising.

      • alsace_man

        Sorry Frank. It’s you who seems to suffer from cranial-rectal inversion syndrome. Anno Nimus appears to be a clever wordsmity., You, clearly, are not.

    • http://fansided.com/ Michael Castillo

      That is the most ignorant comment I’ve seen in a while.

      • alsace_man

        Quite clever if you ask me.

  • Larry Ramsey

    Thanks Alicia. YNWA.

  • anno nimus

    Go Irish!!

    • mambojack

      Not as bad as ND giving Obama honorary saint hood! Fight on!

      • anno nimus

        Cheat On!!!

  • alsace_man

    I’m neither an alum nor a fan of USC. But I have always had a lot of respect for Pat Haden, until I saw this article. That he even allowed this convicted felon on campus, let alone address his football team, is a cloud over his resume.

    • http://fansided.com/ Michael Castillo

      He wasn’t convicted of anything.

      • anno nimus

        Who wasn’t?

        • alsace_man

          Michael Castillo says Lewis was not convicted of anything. That’s incorrect. he was convicted of obstruction of justice.

      • alsace_man

        Incorrect. He was convicted of obstruction of justice. He destroyed evidence (his blood-soaked white suit) that would have connected him to the victim. Without that evidence, the only thing the prosecution could do was get him on obstruction of justice. And he got off easy. Obstruction is a major felony.

    • Pridenpoise

      I thought you said you stopped liking Haden for what he did to Kiffen, make up your mind.

      • alsace_man

        I’m not a USC guy so I couldn’t care less about the way Kiffin was dismissed. But I respected Pat Haden until he let Ray Lewis address the USC football team.