Video: Ed Orgeron brings in Ray Lewis to speak to the Trojans
Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday October 15, 2013
Since taking over the head-coaching job, Ed Orgeron has been bringing in guest speakers.
Last week, USC great Marcus Allen stopped by. On Tuesday, it was Ray Lewis.
Lewis talked to the Trojans about finding success, the importance of effort, standing out in the crowd and more. USC captured four minutes of Lewis’ speech. Orgeron made the team give him a standing ovation.
“I figured out something a long time ago,” Lewis said. “Each one of you men have got to figure this out early. Effort is between you and you. Effort. This ain’t about X’s and O’s, because as long as you play this game, you’re going to have mess-ups, you’re going to have great plays, you’re going to have good days, you’re going to have bad days. That’s just the irony of this sport.
“But when you talk about effort, I wondered, when I got to the University of Miami, because there were so many great athletes… what makes me different? How do I stand out? What makes the coaches notice me? I started figuring out, playing with the (Warren) Sapps and all these different people, something’s gotta click in that every time a coach turns on the film, why is he calling my name? Why does he notice me? I ain’t the fastest. I ain’t the biggest. I ain’t the strongest. Never have been. Never have been. But Lord be my witness, I never met a man in my life that would outwork me.
“It’s the same thing in life. Making the right decisions, that’s a one-on-one battle. Whatever the majority of the crowd is doing, find your way doing the opposite and see nine times out of 10 how right you turn out to be.”
Orgeron is 1-0 since taking over, and USC travels to Notre Dame this Saturday night. Here is Lewis’ speech.