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Coughlin cites Collins, Wooden, Beatles in Saturday night meeting

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin listens

New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin listens to a question during a news conference for NFL football's Super Bowl XLVI Friday in Indianapolis. (Feb. 3, 2012) Credit: AP

Tom Coughlin did not bring in any inspirational speakers to address the Giants this week. Unless you count Phil Collins.

The former Genesis front-man’s song “In the Air Tonight” was the soundtrack for a five-minute highlight film that Coughlin showed the team. The film included mostly plays from the last five games and the regular-season game against the Patriots in November. After the film Coughlin addressed the team personally for another five or six minutes.

Perhaps that portion of the night could have been set to “All You Need is Love” by the Beatles.

Coughlin talked about Finish (of as they say in Finnish, “loppuun”). He talked about how proud he was of the team. He spoke about how their motto of “believe” has inspired people around the world.

He told the players that when a team wins a championship, first you look for a teammate to hug to share that feeling with. Then, he said, you look up into the stands for your wife and parents because they are all world champions.

And then he talked about … love.

He told the Giants that championships are won by teams that love each other, just like the Giants do, and he told the players that he loves them. He also made reference to John Wooden’s famous Pyramid of Success. Coughlin noted that Wooden originally placed "Competitive Greatness" at the top of the pyramid but later in his life, Coach Wooden said the word "love" should be at the top.

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