41 years after Joe Namath made the most famous guarantee of all-time, NFL players still get worked up when an opposing player promises a victory.
Lions receiver Nate Burleson made a guarantee the Lions would win earlier this week, and we mostly tried to ignore it. The Bears didn’t.
“It should fire them up,” Bears linebacker Lance Briggs said via the Chicago Sun-Times. “I know it definitely fires us up. We’ve got it pinned up everywhere in our meeting rooms.”
Brian Urlacher said he understood Burleson’s confidence, but would dial it back a bit.
“I think we’re going to win,” Urlacher said, “but I’m not going to guarantee it.”
Given a chance to back down, the man who once famously said he knew where the cash was at decided to stand firm.