Did Matthew McConaughey speech inspire Redskins to beat Eagles?
Oscar-winning actor and longtime Washington Redskins fan Matthew McConaughey gave a motivational speech to his favorite NFL squad ahead of their game Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. The question is, what role did it play in inspiring the Redskins to a 23-20 victory?
Head coach Jay Gruden was asked about McConaughey’s appearance at a charity event on Saturday and if he intended to ask the actor to deliver another speech ahead of the team’s Week 5 tilt against the Washington Redskins.
“If he wants to come,” Gruden said, via D.C. Sports Bog. “You know, he’s acting right now. He’s doing a movie role. He looks a little different. But, uh, I don’t know what his message was, man. I just know that everybody was looking at him in awe. He’s a heck of guy, a big Redskins fan, and he got the team fired up. And if we have to fly him in, we will. That’s up to Dan [Snyder].”
The actor sports a receding hairline and a little extra weight for his upcoming role in “Gold,” so that’s probably why Gruden made note of his “different” appearance. But even an odd-looking McConaughey can still deliver a solid speech, which occurred at the team hotel Saturday.
“It wasn’t planned or anything like that,” Gruden said. “He was there so we just invited him over. A huge Redskins fan, had a good talk to all our guys, and got them fired up. That’s it.”
McConaughey, a Texas native whose college football loyalties lie with the Texas Longhorns, is nevertheless a huge Redskins fan and has been for almost his entire life. He acknowledged during a 2014 interview that he used raise the ire of Dallas fans by wearing a headdress to Cowboys-Redskins games as a kid. He also took in a Redskins OTA session in June of 2014 as a guest of team owner Dan Snyder.