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Two-time Super Bowl winner Harrison Butker, the Kansas City Chiefs kicker, recently gave the commencement speech at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The former standout gave the graduates some words of wisdom. He said, “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. Well, I guess I do have two Super Bowl rings. I just happen to be blessed by God to be really good at kicking a funny-shaped ball between two yellow posts.”

Butker said he wanted to “pop off some hard truths” in his speech, saying it doesn’t matter how much money you have or the amount of success you have career-wise, “none of it will matter if you are alone and devoid of purpose.” He continued, “Some of the most important people who have ever lived remain unknown and their stories have yet to be told. But they still used their God-given talents to do great things and change the world. What a profound example, to be motivated by our purpose rather than the current spotlight on the world.”

He gave the graduates some advice on how to have a fulfilling life. He said, “I’m not sure the root of this, but at least I can offer one controversial antidote that I believe will have a lasting impact for generations to come, get married and start a family.” He added that none of his accomplishments could be compared to the happiness his family provides. He continued, “None of these accomplishments mean anything compared to the happiness I have found in my marriage and in starting a family. My confidence as a husband and father, and yes, even as a football player, is rooted in my marriage with my wife.”

Butker concluded, “As we leave our mark on future generations by the children we bring into the world, how much greater of a legacy can anyone leave than that?” Butker hit the go-ahead field goal for the Chiefs in Super Bowl LVII. Kansas City defeated the Philadelphia Eagles 38-35.

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