Ray Lewis: T.O. needs to stop responding to critics
COLIN: "You sat there and listened to the entire T.O. interview on Undisputed. He wore that gold jacket that he embroidered himself. He took some shots at Cris Carter. What's your takeaway?"
RAY: "The real thing for me is, I would disappear from talking about what I've done. His numbers speak for themselves, right? You get into the Hall of Fame by what you did on the field, and that's the bottom line. And that's how he should carry it.
"Don't bring no more attention, right? Because listen, whatever everybody wants to keep saying, let them keep saying that. It's irrelevant at the end of the day, because the people you're trying to impress now are behind those doors, right?"
Lewis: The Hall of Fame is a brand, and T.O. threatens that
RAY: "And so the first thing they want to see is — because everything is a brand. It's all about branding, right? You said something that your father taught you, something that I think is very valuable.
"It's one thing about being in a room and listening to somebody talk about you, and then being out of a room, and somebody talking about you."
COLIN: "Hall of Fame's all about you not being in the room."
RAY: "The Hall of Fame is all about you not being in that room."
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Colin: The fake Hall of Fame jacket doesn't help, either
COLIN: "I thought this morning, Ray, I thought the jacket he wore hurt him."
RAY: "Yeah, because that can be looked at as a very, very bad thing, like a knockoff of what the real thing is. ... And I think that can be looked at differently, you know?
"Look, man — T.O., take what you've done, which nobody can ever take away. You've done that. But now, just mature a little bit to not let people keep pushing your buttons and pushing your buttons."
COLIN: "And it does. Listen, he looks really insecure doing this. No matter how great an actor he is, Leonardo DiCaprio isn't mocking the Oscars, even though he made nine great movies and never won an Oscar. ... Until recently, didn't get an Oscar. He didn't mock the process."
Lewis: Why the Hall of Fame is so important to NFL stars
COLIN: "Why is the Hall of Fame so important to players?"
RAY: "You win awards all the way up. You win awards from high school, you win awards from college. You fight for the championships and you do all these things, and then in college, you can be elected to your college hall of fame.
"But the NFL hall of fame is something that nobody would ever understand, except the people that's on the stage.
"I sat with [former NBA star] Kevin Garnett the other night on his show, and there was something that we talked about, that people don't understand. You've got to be a little bit crazy to do, and sacrifice what a Hall of Famer has sacrificed."
COLIN: "To be Kobe, you can't be normal."
RAY: "It's factual. There's nothing you can do about it, because it burns so much inside, you know? And it's something that I always try to teach young kids. ... You've got to want to be great."