Originally written January 23, 2013 on Sportress of Blogitude:
It is well-known that Michael Phelps is a Baltimore Ravens fan. So much so, in fact, that Phelps was granted access to the celebratory Ravens locker room following Baltimore’s win over New England in the AFC Championship Game as the team punched its ticket to  Super Bowl XLVII. But it isn’t simply that Phelps loves his hometown Ravens, either. Last summer during training camp, Phelps delivered a pep talk to Ravens players following an August practice. And now Phelps is crediting soon-to-be-retired Ray Lewis for being an inspiration after the 2008 Olympics, when Phelps says he was exhausted and burnt out and didn’t care much for the strict training regimen required to be the greatest swimmer in Olympic history. Phelps says Lewis was there for him and helped him maintain his focus and keep his career on the right path. Said Phelps about the two athletes’ unique relationship while soaking in all the joy surrounding him in the victorious locker room on Sunday, via The Washington Post: ...
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