TUSCALOOSA -- Alabama is known for bringing in prominent speakers to educate its players on various issues whether on or off the field.
The Crimson Tide's latest guest speaker may be one of the best the program has brought in.
Marcus Luttrell, a retired Navy SEAL, spoke to the Tide on Friday in advance of its matchup with then-No. 1 Mississippi State. Luttrell is the inspiration behind the movie "Lone Survivor."
"He's been through a lot, man," Tide safety Nick Perry said. "He basically told us that anything's possible. If you find yourself in adversity that you can always overcome it by just your mental aspect."
Perry said the players watched the movie before Luttrell spoke to the team.
"We kind of knew his background and story," Perry said, "but just him saying it, giving us the vivid details and actually what was true and what wasn't true, it hit us hard."
For Tide defensive lineman A'Shawn Robinson, Luttrell's talk really helped put things in perspective. Robinson said "everyone seemed fired up and ready to go."
"Coming from him and what he's been through makes you think you can do anything," Robinson said. "What we're doing is nothing compared to what he's done, so I felt if we can do almost what he's done on the football field from a football aspect, it will be great."
Luttrell was the guest picker on ESPN's College GameDay. He picked the Tide because he said "the boys had that fire in their eyes" when he spoke to them.
While Luttrell saw something in the players, his message to them definitely hit home.
"It was awesome. I was sitting on the edge of my seat," Tide tight end Brian Vogler said. "Any time you can talk to somebody like that, you're completely locked in to everything that's going on, every word that's coming out of his mouth. And honestly, once he got done talking, I wanted to run through a brick wall. That's how exciting it was."
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