When the No. 1 team in the country comes to town, players need to be in the right frame of mind.
What better way to prepare a team to do battle on the gridiron than to bring in one of the most inspiring stories to come out of the United States’ involvement in Afghanistan.
Former Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell spoke with the team Friday night before they watched “Lone Survivor” together. The movie, based on the book which Luttrell wrote, tells the story of his heroic effort in Operation Red Wings. The New York Times sums up what happened well:
Mr. Luttrell was the only one of four men on the mission to survive after a violent clash with dozens of Taliban fighters.
Eight members of the SEALs and eight Army special operations soldiers who came by helicopter to rescue the original four were shot down, and all aboard were killed.
Luttrell was then rescued by a group of Afghan Pashtun villagers who harbored him in their homes for several days, protecting him from the Taliban and ultimately helping him to safety.
Honored to have Marcus Luttrell speak to The Tigers before we watch Lone Survivor tonight. pic.twitter.com/n7slf6cqaB
— Coach Ed Orgeron (@Coach_EdOrgeron) November 5, 2016
Actor Mark Wahlberg plays Luttrell in the movie version and the man himself now makes the rounds on the public speaking circuit.
It’s an incredible film to watch the night before a big game, as Luttrell survives (of course) against all odds and must look within himself to stay alive. LSU interim head coach Ed Orgeron has made a habit of changing things around the program already.