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The defending Super Bowl champions received a motivational talk from another title-holder Wednesday. Jon "Bones" Jones, the UFC light heavyweight champion and younger brother of Ravens defensive lineman Art Jones, delivered a message that dealt with focus.
"I just told the guys to not focus on being Super Bowl champs, but just focus on their very next play against that opponent, that offensive lineman or whoever it may be, to take it very personal and just to believe in being great and just take it personal," said "Bones" Jones, via The Baltimore Sun.
"It's just a very personal thing. If I was a player, I don't think I'd be focused on the Super Bowl necessarily. It would be, 'All right, I got this team and I know I'm going to be up against this tackle and I'm going to make sure I leave a statement, I'm going to make sure I leave a mark on this player.' Ultimately if everybody has this type of mindset, it's going to lead to the bigger picture, which is the Super Bowl."
"Bones" Jones believes his younger brother could do well in the UFC heavyweight division if he got down to 265 pounds. And, I know what you're thinking, but "Bones" Jones would need to add about 100 pounds to play center for the Ravens.
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