Remember when Jacoby Jones returned the opening kickoff in the second half of Super Bowl XLVII for a touchdown? Jones' 108-yard kickoff return set a new record for the longest play in Super Bowl history, and it wouldn't have happened if Ray Lewis failed to follow God's orders and place his hands on Jacoby's chest, according to Ray Lewis himself.
TEDx talk that he re-tore his triceps the night before Super Bowl XLVII against the San Francisco 49ers. The former Ravens linebacker claims he kept his arm elevated by tying one end of a shoestring around it, so he "could get three hours of sleep."
Throughout halftime, Lewis says he felt his arm was hurting so badly that he nearly told his trainers about the injury. "I stayed in [the locker room] a little longer because I got ready to tell the trainers, 'I’m like, man, listen, I can’t even punch nobody with my arm. It’s hurting that bad,'" he said. "A whisper came to me. 'It ain’t about you, it’s about the team.'"
Lewis continued to push through the pain and as he was jogging out of the tunnel towards the sideline with his arm burning, Ray says he heard God tell him to touch Jacoby. So, Lewis turned right around, placed his hands on Jones' chest and said, "I'm just doing what God told me to do."
The rest is history, or God's plan, or something. We'll let you come up with your own assumptions.
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