Lewis stepped from an adjoining conference room to a chorus of gasps and applause, and he delivered a 12-minute pep talk about preparation, what it takes to be a champion and having the back of teammates.
The 17-year National Football League veteran has made it a habit to deliver speeches similar to the one he gave the Greyhounds the week before they defeated the University of Denver in the NCAA Quarterfinals.
“We were fortunate to have the father of (then-senior) Kevin Moriarty (Ravens’ Vice President of Football Administration Pat Moriarty) who served as a liaison between the team and us,” Toomey said. “We talked to the team about how with each step through the (NCAA) Tournament, special things would continue to happen, and to have Ray Lewis was absolutely amazing. His message was on-point, and I know our players will remember it as long as they remember the championship.”
A camera crew from ESPN’s NFL Countdown visited Ridley this summer and talked to several Loyola players about the experience. This Sunday, October 7, the segment will air on the ESPN show that runs from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. (Eastern Time).