ASHBURN, Va. -- Matthew McConaughey’s latest role involves him playing an unlucky man. That bad luck did not rub off on his favorite NFL team, the Washington Redskins. In fact, McConaughey’s role Saturday night was that of a fan trying to pump up his team.
In the end, you might say the Redskins did “all right, all right, all right,” after listening to McConaughey’s speech. They beat the Philadelphia Eagles 23-20 the following day.
McConaughey happened to be in town for a charity function and he was at the team hotel, so the team invited him to speak to the players and coaches. Not that his words were all that memorable.
“I don’t know what his message was,” Redskins coach Jay Gruden said. “I just know everybody was looking at him in awe. He got the team fired up.”
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It’s not the first time he’s been around the team. McConaughey, who is friends with Redskins owner Dan Snyder, attended a spring practice in 2014, then later that night went to a charity function with the Redskins.
The question now becomes: Will he talk to them before they play Atlanta on Sunday?
“If we have to fly him in, we will,” Gruden said, jokingly. “That’s up to Dan.”