Originally written on NESN.com  |  Last updated 1/3/13

SAN DIEGO - SEPTEMBER 20: Ray Lewis #52 of the Baltimore Ravens looks on prior to the game against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on September 20, 2009 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
Football is a game full of emotions and momentum swings. The motivation for such swings can come from something as common as a touchdown or a turnover, or it could come from something as unexpected as a teammate’s inspiring sermon before the game. The NFL faced the fate of losing one of its great ambassadors of the game on Wednesday, when arguably the most emotional and motivational player in the league announced his retirement. Ray Lewis decided to call it quits after this season, explaining to his teammates that this would be his “last ride.” The legendary Ravens linebacker announced that he would be hanging up his cleats after Baltimore’s playoff run, closing the book on a Hall of Fame career. Lewis’ retirement means that the heart and soul of the Ravens’ locker room and one of the most motivational leaders in football — and even in the Stanford locker room – will no longer be inspiring his teammates inside the locker room. So, with that motivational attitude in mind, we decided to seek out some of the best motivators, college or pro, that football has to offer. Click here to see the 10 most motivational football locker room speeches >> Have a question for Luke Hughes? Send it to him via Twitter at @LukeFHughes or send it here.
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