Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes advised Texas Tech students to “go out and win your Super Bowl” at the university’s virtual commencement ceremony Saturday.
“I know this is not the graduation ceremony that you and your families had imagined, but it does not change the results or all the hard work, long hours and sacrifices you did to achieve this milestone,” Mahomes said in his comments, which lasted in less than two minutes. “I know this is certainly not how you imagined spending your last days as a student.
“But the world is in a different place today than just a few weeks ago. And as Red Raiders, we are built to continue in difficult times. We have all had to take a moment and learn to adapt to these new and when the odds are stacked against us we play a game ̵
“Remember, this is a day to celebrate, to look back at your friends you made, the professors who have changed your life and the memories you will cherish forever. No matter what plans lie ahead, I have no doubt that you will go out there and show the world what it means to come from Lubbock, Texas. Go out and win your Super Bowl. Congratulations, class 2020. I can’t wait to see what you do next. “
Mahomes, who played briefly for the school’s baseball team, was the quarterback at Texas Tech from 2014 to 2016 before entering the NFL Draft and was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round of 2017. He was the NFL MVP 2018 and was the MVP of Super Bowl LIFE .
Since leaving Texas Tech, he has been a Red Raiders supporter in all sports and went to Minneapolis last year to watch the men’s basketball team in the Final Four.
“He’s passionate about sports,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Friday. “He is passionate about technology. I just think it’s a nice thing he would have the opportunity to do that. Pat is a pretty cool cucumber and he’s a sharp kid and speaks well so I think he’ll have a nice presentation for them. “
Alex Smith gave the starting address of his alma mater, Utah, 2014 when he quarterbacked the Chiefs. Earlier this month, twin brothers Shaquill Griffin and Shaquem Griffin, who both play for the Seattle Seahawks, delivered the opening speech to the 2020 class for the Central Florida virtual graduation ceremony.
Texas Tech’s graduation ceremonies, which are normally held on the school’s basketball arena, were moved to a virtual format because of the coronavirus pandemic.