Andy Reid had Brett Favre, Jimmy Johnson speak to Chiefs before Super Bowl
Andy Reid has made numerous connections during his nearly 30 years as a coach in the National Football League, and he tried to put them to good use leading up to Super Bowl LIV.
Reid had both a legendary coach and legendary quarterback address the Kansas City Chiefs before their game against the San Francisco 49ers. According to Albert Breer of The MMQB, Reid had Brett Favre speak with the Chiefs one day and Jimmy Johnson another.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid's speech to his team last night was fairly standard. But he's pulled out all the stops during the week, having guests talk to his players.
On one day, I'm told, Reid had Brett Favre address the team. On another, he brought in Jimmy Johnson.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) February 2, 2020
Reid was an offensive assistant for several seasons with the Green Bay Packers when Favre was their quarterback, and the two still have a close relationship. Earlier this year, Favre revealed a great trick Reid taught him for reading defenses that stuck with the Hall of Famer throughout his entire career. Reid’s time as an assistant in Green Bay also overlapped with Johnson’s stint as the head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, so the two competed against one another.
Favre and Johnson have four Super Bowl appearances combined, so they certainly have plenty of experience to share with the Chiefs. Reid also had Donovan McNabb, who played in a Super Bowl under Reid with the Philadelphia Eagles, speak to the Chiefs after a practice.
Interestingly enough, Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports that 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan chose to have no guest speakers during the two weeks leading up to the Super Bowl, so the two coaches took much different approaches.