Marvin Lewis knows a thing or two when it comes to motivational speeches. The Bengals head coach has given plenty of them over his 12 years in Cincinnati, but he also knows sometimes it's good to hear someone else's voice to motivate his players.
That was the case this summer while the Bengals were getting prepared for the upcoming season. Peter King wrote in his MMQB column that Lewis used the pregame speech Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter gave to the AL All-Stars this summer prior to the MLB All-Star Game.
"I played his talk to the team prior to the All-Star Game for our guys this summer. A great message: ‘Never take anything for granted.’ "
Here's the actual speech Jeter gave.
"It's an honor and a privilege to be here," Jeter said. "To the guys and the younger guys who are getting the opportunity to come to their first, enjoy it. Because I can tell you firsthand, this is a fun experience. You should share it with your families, your friends -- remember it. You don't know how many of these you're going to get an opportunity to play in. And, more importantly, remember that every time you put your uniform on because, trust me, it goes by quickly."