Green Bay Packers head coach Mike McCarthy has made it protocol to sit his entire down on the eve of a game for a little film viewing. Not game film, but something inspirational or motivational for the team as they go into a game.
His latest video for the team was about the "Death Zone", approximately 26,000 feet up Mount Everest, where oxygen dwindles to extreme, life-threatening levels. Temperatures drop. Winds pick up. Bold souls die off.
His point in this? The regular season is the climb. The death zone is the postseason. The peak of Mount Everest? That's the Super Bowl, reports the Journal Sentinel.of
"Basically, if you don't get through there you're going to die," center Evan Dietrich-Smith said. "They call it the 'dead zone' because it's literally just loaded with dead bodies. People have tried and failed. That was the message."
Each week's film has a specific message to convey, and it looks to have paid off.
"Sometimes it's funny, sometimes it's cool, sometimes it has nothing to do with the week, sometimes it's entertainment," CB Jarrett Bush said. "But it always ties into a message somehow, some way."