Before Detroit Lions’ historic win over Los Angeles Rams, Eminem appeared on NBC’s Sunday Night Football where the legendary hip-hop artist gave the players the motivation they needed.
“This is the story about what a football team can mean to a city. For far too long, Detroit has been on receiving in of losing seasons and bad punchlines. You try to shut out the noise but after a while it starts to live in your head. This means, when a dude like this [Matthew Stafford] comes into town, the conversation changes. We finally had a reason to feel good about where his team was heading. He was all in and so were we until we weren’t. Maybe we weren’t patient enough but we let him go to a city in a team that was in different kind of rebuild and then we sat home and we watched him win it all. It was a true Hollywood ending.” said Eminem, while “Survival” was playing in the background.
Then he continued: “So, for us, back to the lab again, rebuilding, once again. But wait a minute! Something felt different for this time and this guy [Jared Goff], with a little help from this guy [Dan Campbell] made us all realize that maybe history was not repeating itself. It’s all come down to this, for a city, its team and their fans who have been waiting for this night for 30 years. Two teams and two players forever linked. Detroit don’t get a whole lot of Hollywood endings. But tonight, we have a shot. And we get our shot…well, you know what comes after that. Lions, Rams, on Wild Card Sunday Night. Let’s go!”
Detroit Lions official social media pages also shared a video of Eminem pumping up the team. The video, which is captioned “There’s a storm comin'”, features a simple message from Em before cutting to a video of highlights from the season set to the tune of one of his hit songs from Recovery album, “Cinderella Man.” At the beginning of the video, Eminem addressed the hungry Lions fanbase by saying “Detroit Lions, Let’s go” with a vicious finger point at the camera while donning his signature scowl.
You can watch both videos below: