As noted earlier today, Ric Flair visited the San Francisco 49ers during a team meeting just one day before the squad was scheduled to play the Green Bay Packers in the Wildcard Round of the NFL Playoffs. "The Nature Boy" delivered an inspirational speech and fired up the team in advance of their elimination game.
Now, we've got video.
WWE released the above footage showing the 49ers marking out when Flair arrives before giving him their complete attention for the ensuing pep talk. The Wrestling Observer notes that this was a big deal because Flair has become a personal favorite for much of the San Francisco roster throughout the season.
Apparently that includes memorizing promos and watching Flair interviews before big games.
This was also made possible thanks to the great relationship between WWE and the 49ers after the latter helped bring WrestleMania 31 to Santa Clara in 2015. It's also good for both sides if only because it's received plenty of mainstream coverage just before Flair is scheduled to return to television on the "Old School" themed episode of Raw this coming Monday night in Baltimore.
And if you're wondering, as of this writing the 49ers lead the Packers by a score of 13-10 at halftime. We'll update with the final score later.
UPDATE: The 49ers kicked a field goal as time expired to win the game, 23-20, and advance to the Divisional Round where they will play the Carolina Panthers. For everything you need on San Francisco, hit up SB Nation's 49ers blog, Niners Nation, by clicking here. You can find the Panthers blog, Cat Scratch Reader, by clicking here. If you're a glutton for punishment and want to see Packers fans in pain, you can also check out the Green Bay blog, Acme Packing Company, by clicking here.
UPDATE PART DEUX: WWE released another video: