This past weekend included a litany of Commencement speeches for colleges and universities throughout the country.
Typically, it’s a weekend made for universities to pitch how great they are to prospective students and their newly-minted alumni base.
The easiest way to do this is by bringing in a notable commencement speaker. The University of Wisconsin-Madison followed this trend by bringing in former Badger quarterback and current Seattle Seahawk Russell Wilson to address the Class of 2016.
And boy, did he lay it on thick.
Wilson’s 18-minute speech was a collective slap on the back to himself. Astutely pointed out by The Big Lead, Wilson reportedly stretched the truth regarding his departure from North Carolina State en route to trying to sell Wisconsin kids on what they have to offer.
Wilson talked about how great he was at tee ball and also made a joke out of throwing the game-losing interception against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX.
I get it. Having one Super Bowl ring makes it a little easier to joke about that but I’m not sure if I’d want my quarterback joking around about the most traumatic moment in Seattle Seahawks history.
Yet, there is something about Wilson that comes across as a bit off. For a guy, who preached about team (briefly) during his speech, it just seemed to be one long congratulatory pat on the back to himself.
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