BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — Brett Favre thought Doug Pederson was joking when he asked him to speak with his Eagles team the day before Super Bowl LII.
"But when I realized he was serious," Favre said, "I was honored."
NBC Sports Philadelphia's John Clark caught up with Favre after the 48-year-old Hall of Famer addressed the Eagles at their team hotel, the Radisson Blu, on Saturday morning.
Favre said he started his speech by letting the players know he wasn't going to tell them things they didn't already know. He just wanted to offer words of encouragement. He said he thought it was a good way to break the tension.
"They're a tremendous team," Favre told Clark, recalling what he told the Eagles. "Their quarterback is the greatest to ever play, Bill Belichick is the greatest coach to ever coach. You know what they're about. They're going to play the whole game. Don't ever say ... like last year, we have it won and we're going to go through the drive-thru, that's not a good idea."
Several Eagles, including Nick Foles and Lane Johnson, were excited to hear Favre speak (see story). Foles loved Favre's "gunslinger" mentality and Johnson grew up as a Packers fan.
Favre won Super Bowl XXXI with the Packers against the Patriots in 1997 at the Superdome in New Orleans.
"I congratulated them on the year they've had; it's a wonderful year," Favre said. "And just encouraged them to enjoy the moment. You think you're always going to come back after you've gotten a chance to go but it's such an honor to play in the Super Bowl. And to just embrace that. And I told them, 'this is probably something I should have told you two weeks ago, but this is the longest two weeks of your life and it's going to be the longest 24 hours plus of your life. The game at this point can not get here quick enough. But it's going to slow down even more.'"
We now officially know Carson Wentz will be somewhere in the top 10 of the NFL Network’s top 100 players of 2018.
We just don’t know where he’ll land.
As far as the other Eagles on the list, the Super Bowl champions weren’t extremely well-represented: 68. Zach Ertz, 69. Fletcher Cox, 95. Lane Johnson, 96. Malcolm Jenkins.
Before tearing his ACL and LCL on Dec. 10 in Los Angeles, it seemed like Wentz was on his way to an MVP season. In 13 games, Wentz threw for over 3,200 yards and a franchise-record 33 touchdown passes.
Wentz is the only player in the top 10 who has never been anywhere on the top 100 list before. Can he go from off the list to No. 1?
Here’s the list of players (in alphabetical order) who will be unveiled in the top 10 on Monday night.
- Le'Veon Bell
- Tom Brady
- Drew Brees
- Antonio Brown
- Aaron Donald
- Todd Gurley
- Julio Jones
- Von Miller
- Aaron Rodgers
- Carson Wentz
In the comments below, leave your top 10 in order. We’ll see how close everyone can get.
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Carson Wentz held his inaugural AO1 Foundation softball game earlier this month and the event was a huge success, raising over $850,000 for charity.
Saturday afternoon, another Eagles player has a charity softball game.
This time, green-haired cornerback Jalen Mills will take over FirstEnergy Stadium in Reading. The home run derby starts at 1 p.m. and the softball game is scheduled to start at 2 p.m. Tickets are still available.
According to the website, the game will help benefit the National Youth Foundation.
As for the list of players and celebrities, several of Mills’ current and former teammates are expected to show.
Here’s the full list provided on the website:
Other NFL players
Musical artist Fat Boy SSE
Former Little League World Series star Mo’ne Davis
Philly rapper Gillie Da Kid
Competitive eater Notorious B.O.B.
Sports agent Drew Rosenhaus
Radio host DJ Diamond Kuts
Super fan Barry “The Hatchet” Vagnoni
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