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Two-time Super Bowl champion Harrison Butker of Kansas City Chiefs delivered a commencement speech at his alma mater.
The 27-year-old attended Georgia Tech from 2013 to 2016.
Speaking about God and family, Butker asked graduates to choose a path of righteousness and to value virtue over earning money.
“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.
“Well, I guess I do have two Super Bowl rings,” he joked.
“I just happen to be blessed by God to be really good at kicking a funny-shaped ball between two yellow posts.”
“I’m about to pop off some hard truths,” he warned them.
“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 added. “But if we’re being honest, the world is filled with miserable smart, capable and hard-working people.”
“None of these accomplishments mean anything compared to the happiness I have found in my marriage and in starting a family,” Butker said. “My confidence as a husband and father, and yes, even as a football player is rooted in my marriage with my wife.”
“I can offer one controversial antidote that I believe will have a lasting impact for generations to come,” he added. “Get married and start a family.”
Butker concluded he might have two Super Bowl rings, but it is his wedding ring that he most cherishes.
The comments stunned some of Georgia Tech’s Reddit users, who found the pro-God, pro-family message offensive.
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One commenter wrote, “It was truly jaw dropping…. like in the Commencement of the university that graduates the most female engineers in the country?? The answer is to go get married and have kids… omg sir.”
Another Reddit user said, “He was saying that material wealth is useless so we need to get a wife and have kids and believe in the innate value that humans have given by god. I don’t disagree but it was a bit off putting.”