“It was very profound,” Harbaugh said. “It was about team and what you sacrifice to accomplish things, and what happens when you look back.”
Harbaugh said the players who have joined the team since Lewis retired after the 2012 Super Bowl season were particularly excited to meet him and hear what he had to say. He walked off the field with undrafted rookie inside linebacker Zachary Orr.
For veterans and Lewis’ friends and former teammates, though, it wasn’t big news to simply have him around. Outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw said Lewis said they have to come together as a team to get back to the Super Bowl, while wide receiver Torrey Smith said Lewis talked about the opportunities they had before them.
“He talked about how he’s realized now that he’s gone, how much it was about the team,” Smith said. “He said he gave credit to everyone but himself at his statue unveiling because he realizes now more than ever how many people helped him get to that point. … It was a great speech.”
Baltimore Sun reporter Jeff Zrebiec contributed to this article.