Who do we have to thank for Michael Phelps? Ray Lewis

Imagine, if you will, Art Garfunkel and Paul Simon.

When you're weary
Feeling small
When tears are in your eyes
I will dry them all

Now replace the images of those two men with Ray Lewis and Michael Phelps, and you'll understand the apparent dynamic between the fellows who are arguably Baltimore's greatest athletes.

In a post-AFC-Championship-game interview with Yahoo Sports, Phelps credits Lewis with motivating him to return to that Olympic swimming pool in 2012, where he would become the most decorated Olympian of all time. Here's how Yahoo Sports describes Phelps after seeing the Ravens punch a ticket to the Super Bowl:

Standing there in the locker room, celebrating with the Ravens, was Micheal Phelps, the all-time most decorated Olympian. On this night, he was just a delirious Baltimore kid. "This is worth giving up a gold medal," he said. He'd been through tough times in training, tough times in his personal life, times so tough he thought of quitting. He credits Lewis for talking him through so much of it, the teacher you can't disappoint.

"He is a very powerful man," Phelps said. "A very passionate man. I wouldn't have been able to [swim in the 2012 Olympics] without him. And he's been telling me, 'One more shot, one more shot, we're going to have it.'

"And he did it."


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