Baltimore Ravens veteran Ray Lewis' pregame locker room speech to Stanford's basketball team is quite possibly one of the best motivational speeches I've heard...
"I can’t – I can’t thank you guys for the opportunity. Let me tell you something: If tomorrow wasn’t promised, what would you give for today? Forget everything else. Forget everything else. Forget that there was any sunlight left. What would you spend today thinking about. Yourself? Or the man that’s beside you? Or the man that you know you’d give everything in your heart for?
We get one opportunity in life. One chance in life to do whatever you’re gonna do. To lay your foundation. To make whatever mark you’re gonna make. Whatever legacy you’re gonna leave. Leave your legacy. And it’s found through effort.
Wins and losses come a dime a dozen. But effort? Nobody can judge effort. Effort is between you and you. Effort ain’t got nothing to do with nobody else. So that team that think they ready to see you? They think what they seen on film. They ain’t saw what film shows. Because every day is a new day. Every moment is a new moment.
So now you got to go out and show them that I’m a different creature now than I was five minutes ago. Cause I’m pissed off for greatness. Because you ain’t pissed off for greatness, that mean you OK with being mediocre. Ain’t no man in here OK with being just basic. So let’s do what we do. Tonight, (Sir) we ain’t gotta worry about taking no breaks. Don’t worry about close calls – let’s do it
Baby let’s go
Baby on 3
1, 2, 3"
Ray Lewis, March 27th 2012