Last weekend, Kansas City Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker delivered a stirring commencement address at his alma mater in Atlanta.
The 27-year-old two-time Super Bowl champion addressed students at the university he attended from 2013 to 2016 and urged them to choose the path of righteousness.
WDAF-TV in Kansas City reported that Butker emphasized God, family, and virtue over making money.
The married father of two small children sprinkled his speech with levity, but also delivered what he termed “hard truths” to the audience.
“I am someone not much older than all of you, yet I’ve been asked to speak, not because I am a great orator or because I have a number of impressive accolades,” he said.
Butker subsequently quipped, “Well, I guess I do have two Super Bowl rings.”
The kicker added, “I just happen to be blessed by God to be really good at kicking a funny-shaped ball between two yellow posts.”
After he had energized the audience, however, he cautioned those whose journeys are just beginning to avoid the perils of pursuing a life without real fulfillment.
“I’m about to pop off some hard truths,” he warned a group of “capable” young people.
“In the end, no matter how much money you attain, none of it will matter if you are alone and devoid of purpose,” Butker said.
“All of you are here today because you are smart, capable and hard-working people,” he said. “But if we’re being honest, the world is filled with miserable smart, capable and hard-working people.”
The NFL legend then cautioned the graduates not to become preoccupied with “worldly” accomplishments, as he once had.
“None of these accomplishments mean anything compared to the happiness I have found in my marriage and in starting a family,” Butker said of his success on the football field. “My confidence as a husband and father, and yes, even as a football player is rooted in my marriage with my wife.” CONTINUE READING…