Wooooo! It looks like the Nature Boy Ric Flair's pep talk before the San Francisco 49ers versus the Green Bay Packers playoff game did the trick. The ever-popular 64-year-old professional wrestler surprised the 49er team on Saturday night before their big Wild Card win on Sunday afternoon at Lambeau. The team was not only shocked when Flair walked into the room with his signature theme music from 2001: A Space Odyssey playing in the background, but they were all smiles during Flair's visit.
Flair's go-get-em speech also featured two of this token lines. He told the team to be "limousine-riding and high-flying." It all seemed to work as the 49ers defeated the Packers 23-20 on Sunday during one of the coldest games in the history of the NFL. Second year quarterback Colin Kaepernick drove his team down the field in a classic two-minute drill to set up kicker Phil Dawson for a 33-yard field goal as time expired.
The 49ers will head to Carolina next weekend to face the Panthers. One would think that Flair's allegiance would stray from the 49ers back to Carolina because the legendary wrestler used to live in Charlotte. Flair was also a Panther season ticket holder and his trademark "Woooo!" used to play on the scoreboard during games. However, the tide has definitely changed. During his motivational speech, he promised the 49ers that his heart would be with the team to the end.
Panther players and fans are not happy with Flair's turn-coating, especially wide receiver Steve Smith.
Whoa. Got real RT @tomsorensen: Ric Flair & Steve Smith are buddies. Smith wasn't too friendly today: "That San Fran bridge has been burned"
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 6, 2014
— TDdaily (@TDdaily) January 6, 2014
Ric Flair is cheating on the Panthers. WE SEE YOU NATURE BOY http://t.co/JOerTBtz1k
— James Dator (@James_Dator) January 5, 2014
Kickoff for the game is set for 1:05 pm on Sunday afternoon. Only time will tell whether Flair will attend the game and who he really plans to root for.
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