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Psych-up Songs

Dec. 27, 2004
Dec. 27, 2004

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Dec. 27, 2004

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Psych-up Songs

Two key defenders with very different tastes in inspirational tunes

RAY LEWIS
Ravens LB
In the Air Tonight by Phil Collins

This is an article from the Dec. 27, 2004 issue Original Layout

"THAT SONG [which I listen to before games] depicts everything you've always dreamed of, every moment you've dreamed, the places you are at and where you want to be," says the Baltimore defensive captain and two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year. "Phil Collins is a short guy with a lot of power. I fell into the song long ago as a child when it was played on Miami Vice. Once I got older I started understanding I could use it for motivation. You ride off your heart, and your heart is where your treasure lies."

CHRIS HOPE,
Steelers safety
Knockin Heads Off by Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz

"THE [HIP-HOP] SONGS they have get you pumped up," says Hope, third on the team in tackles with 81. "We're doing some head busting."

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