Editor's note: the video in the player above is from Jan. 10, 2021.
The Cleveland Browns' head coach might not be available to give a speech. But that didn't stop the team from receiving some pre-game motivation ahead of its wild card round matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
Taking to social media ahead of kickoff on Sunday, the Browns' official Twitter account shared the video that was shown to the team in its pregame preparations. The emotional one-minute and 45-second clip shows highlights from the Browns' season, spliced together with messages of encouragement from former players and fans alike.
As the Browns take the field for what will be their first postseason game sice 2003, they'll do so not only shorthanded but without their head coach.
Due to a positive COVID-19 test, Cleveland head coach Kevin Stefanski will miss Sunday's game, as will five Browns players, including star cornerback Denzel Ward. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, should be well-rested after sitting multiple starters, including quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and star linebacker T.J. Watt, during last week's loss to the Browns.
Nevertheless, it's worth noting that the Steelers struggled through their final month of the season, losing four of their final five games. Can Cleveland overcome its COVID-19-related hurdles and beat the Steelers in their own stadium? If they can, a game against the defending Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs awaits.
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