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Originally written on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 11/20/14

When Ray Lewis announced that he would be retiring after the season, it instantly became the biggest story out of the Baltimore Ravens locker room and probably the entire NFL. Most of us grew tired of hearing about it. Lewis’ love for drama and hyperbole is exhausting to the average fan, but Terrell Suggs said it is one of the main reasons the Ravens won the Super Bowl. During an appearance on NFL Network’s “Total Access” on Sunday, Suggs said that Baltimore would “probably not” have won the Super Bowl if not for Lewis announcing that 2012 would be his final season. “You could say what sparked it was Ray’s announcement when he said that this would be his last playoff run with us,” Suggs said, via Pro Football Talk. “I would definitely say that was hands-down what sparked it and got our minds going in the right place.” Suggs says the announcement helped the team focus. Of course, it is easy to say that now that the Ravens are the champs. Had they lost to the New England Patriots or San Francisco 49ers, my guess is you wouldn’t have trouble finding someone who believed Lewis’ announcement distracted the team.  If you remember, Torrey Smith was quick to remind the media that Lewis wasn’t the only guy going to the Super Bowl after Baltimore won the AFC Championship Game. Nevertheless, the Ravens won the Super Bowl. Lewis got his fairytale ending and there’s no way you can say he distracted the team. Good for him, I guess. The post Terrell Suggs: Ray Lewis announcing retirement sparked run to Super Bowl appeared first on Larry Brown Sports. Related posts: Ray Lewis, Ravens wearing custom Super Bowl cleats (Pictures) Maurkice Pouncey rooting for Ravens, Ray Lewis in Super Bowl Ex-Raven Trevor Pryce: Ray Lewis played poorly in Super Bowl, was too nervous

9 Comments:
  • what did lewis do? threaten to kill them if they didn't win it for him?
  • Does anyone else other than me believes that the superbore I mean superbowl was fixed?
  • Stupid
  • One good thing about next season is that we will no longer have to hear from Lewis. What a mouth.
  • Wrong! You still have a LEWIS,the great running one!
  • Why would anyone doubt that Ray didnt spark this team to win a championship???? The heart and soul of one of the greatest defenses of all time decided to leave the game, of course thats going to make everone push that much harder. Congrats Ray Lewis and god bless
  • Everyone is just haters when Ravens do right. But if it was your team out there who won, you wouldnt have anything to say about Ray Lewis or the Baltimore Ravens. The man is one of the best to play the game. Next year when Baltimore reaches playoffs again whats the excuse everyone will be using then?
  • Hello Raven Haters,believe it or not it did spark the defense that had limped through most of the year banged up.The next man up philosphy kicked in big time.And hell yeah the S.B.had a flavor of being fixed.If the power had stayed on B-More was on schedule to give the 49ers a historical butt whuppin.They had to do something to derail that purple freight train.
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