BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – It's not going to be a pregame, rah-rah speech, and it won't be the defining last words the team hears, but Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre, who played with Eagles head coach Doug Pederson when both were in Green Bay, will address the team on Saturday morning at the team hotel.
"I'm excited to hear him," defensive end Brandon Graham said. "He's a winner. Won a Super Bowl and he played the game with a lot of heart. I want to hear what he has to say."
Pederson has had motivational speakers address his team throughout the season – the most recent was former Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant prior to the December 10 game against the Rams – and is always searching for entertaining and meaningful messages for the players.
Favre went to the playoffs 12 times in 20 seasons and won a Super Bowl with the Packers when they defeated New England in Super Bowl XXXI and then followed up with a loss to Denver in Super Bowl XXXII.
"I'm pumped," tight end Zach Ertz said. "He was a great quarterback that we all watched when he played. He was a great player and he played with a lot of emotion and enjoyed the moment. I think it's going to be cool to hear him. I'm going to be all ears and take it all in."
Said offensive tackle Lane Johnson: "I loved watching him and I'm excited to hear from him. I know he's got a lot of personality and if Coach wants him here and believes in him, it's going to be a lot of fun to hear what he has to say."
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