Coach Coughlin builds pre-Super Bowl speech around love

New York Giants coach Tom Coughlin, who has been known for his relatively brusque nature, took a somewhat more measured approach in a speech to the team Saturday night ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl, according to the Newark Star-Ledger.

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The newspaper reported Sunday that Coughlin's address to the team was centered around "love."

"I even told them I loved them," Coughlin told NBC's Michelle Tafoya, according to the newspaper.

Coughlin reportedly also mentioned the importance of finishing strong -- the Giants have won five straight since falling to 7-7 in Week 15 -- and told his players that love was something that legendary basketball coach John Wooden used to emphasize as well.

The speech followed a video of team highlights that was set to Phil Collins' "In the Air Tonight," according to the newspaper.

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