Standing in the Ravens' victorious locker room,
"To be able to watch that, I was in tears," he said. "I've never cried this much for anything in my life."
Phelps won 22 Olympic medals, 18 of them gold. He is widely considered the greatest swimmer of all time.
But seeing players he has come to know over the years finally achieve their ultimate goal left Phelps blubbering like the life-long fan he is.
"This is a very special moment," he said. "I'm glad these guys could cherish this. It's destiny."
Phelps has said that he confided in Ravens' linebacker