Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre will now have a role in Super Bowl LII.
The legendary Packers quarterback was invited by Eagles head coach and former teammate Doug Pederson to address the team on Saturday and provide some inspiration before the Super Bowl.
“I know Brett’s going to be here,” Pederson said at his Wednesday press conference. “He’s got some obligations he’s going to do this week, and he and I still stay in touch. We’re great friends. We were teammates for eight years in Green Bay, and I figured since he was going to be in town, I just asked him.”
Pederson was Favre’s backup in Green Bay from 1996-98 and again from 2001-04.
Eagles head coach Doug Pederson (l.) was Brett Favre’s backup in Green Bay.
Favre has some experience beating the Patriots in the Super Bowl, leading the Packers to a 35-21 win over New England in Super Bowl XXXI. That Patriots team was led by Bill Parcells and Drew Bledsoe.
Pederson, whose 50th birthday was also on Wednesday, won a ring with that team too, but was the third-string quarterback behind Jim McMahon.
The two also lost a Super Bowl together the following year, when the Packers fell to the Broncos, 31-24.
Favre had high praise for Pederson in a recent Sports Illustrated article.
Brett Favre helped the Packers to Super Bowl XXXI victory over the Patriots in New Orleans in 1997.
“When Doug was with me, I hate to say he was a lot like a coach, but he was,” Favre told MMQB’s Peter King. “Very instinctive. He thought the way I thought. He knew me. He knew what I was thinking, and he was able to relay that to the coach, or the play-caller. Not a lot of the backup QBs have the headset on, but I wanted him talking to the coach.”