Calm down. I got it, alright? Watt told the crowd at the Kohl Center in Madison Wisconsin. Just because I didnt write a speech down does not mean that I didnt prepare.
So, as Wisconsins official keynote speaker at the spring commencement ceremony on Saturday, Watt delivered his speech teleprompter-free.
He initially wanted to just wing the speech on the spot, but wisely decided to at least think about what he was going to say beforehand. Still, he didnt tell anyone what he was going to talk about.
“I dont think words can even describe how proud I feel, to be a female, to be a woman graduating from this college,” Johnson said. “Its amazing to have that type of history thats supporting me and giving me the background and the buildup that I need to be successful. Its crazy to be one of 150 years of female graduates.”
The 30-year-old played two seasons at Wisconsin before his impressive NFL career, recording 106 total tackles in two seasons for the Badgers in 2009 and 2010. He was then drafted No. 11 overall in the 2011 NFL draft, and has dominated with the Texans ever since.
Video: J.J. Watt delivers commencement speech at University of Wisconsin-Madison
Coming into the ceremony, Watt knew that the students in Madison, Wisconsin, didnt want a long, drawn out speech to end their collegiate careers.
I have some things I want to get across, but lets be honest, they all just want to go drink beer afterward, Watt said before the speech, via USA Today. Theyre excited. I know how commencements go. They just want the person to give a cool message for about five minutes and then get off the stage.
Finally, nearly a decade after he first left the campus without attending the ceremony himself, Watt was able to see a graduation at Wisconsin.
Video: 2019 Spring Commencement – Chancellor Blank
Tomorrow when you wake up, probably around like 2 p.m., youre going to begin a journey toward new dreams, Watt said. Youre going to have new goals. Youre going to have new things you want to accomplish. As you go along that journey toward your new dreams, remember to help a few people out along the way.
Over 45000 present at UW commencement ceremony Saturday
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