When you're Michael Phelps, you don't watch the Super Bowl from the cheap seats, instead you go to the locker room after the game to congratulate your victorious home town Baltimore Ravens.
But this wasn't just a perk of being an Olympic great, the connection between Phelps and Ravens Linebacker Ray Lewis has been forged over the years as the two have become friends, and it goes deeper than just mutual admiration. Who do the US have to thank for Phelps returning to swimming post-Beijing? Bob Bowman? Milorad Cavic? Ryan Lochte? Turns out it was Ray Lewis.
“He was probably the single reason I came back for four more years,’ Phelps said. “A lot of people don’t know that, but things that he has said to me, I can never thank him enough.”
Amazingly Phelps isn't the swimmer with the closest link to one a Super Bowl winning Ravens player. (via Texas Swimming)
Nice postgame shot of our Samantha Tucker w/her Super Bowl champ brother, Baltimore Ravens kicker/UT alum Justin Tucker twitter.com/TexasWSD/statu…
— UT Women'sSwimDive (@TexasWSD) February 4, 2013
PS. WADA and USADA must have broken into a cold sweat when Ray Lewis gave credit to Phelps saying "you gave me the formula". Hopefully he wasn't talking about Deer Antler Spray...