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Gallery: Athletes and Coaches That Would Give a Great Graduation Speech

Jessica Kleinschmidt

“This is not the end of an era, but the beginning of a new chapter.”

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It’s that time of year, and you know how every graduation speech begins, and you’re favorite part is when it ends. Let’s pretend for one moment our favorite sports figures were able to give graduation speeches. These would be epic.

JJ Watt, Defensive End, Houston Texans

courtesy blog.chron.com

courtesy blog.chron.com

Russell Wilson, Quarterback, Seattle Seahawks

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courtesy BeHance.net

Lou Gehrig, First Baseman, New York Yankees

courtesy Retroplanet.com

courtesy Retroplanet.com

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Michael Jordan, Hall of Fame Basketball Player

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Jim Valvano, College Basketball Coach/Broadcaster

courtesy www.warriormindcoach.com

courtesy www.warriormindcoach.com

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Herb Brooks, Head Coach, 1980 US Men’s Olympic Hockey

courtesy BTN.com

courtesy BTN.com

Ray Lewis, Linebacker, Baltimore Ravens

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Kevin Durant, Forward, Oklahoma City Thunder

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Josh Hamilton, Outfielder, Los Angeles Angels

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Vince Lombardi, Hall of Fame Football Coach

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Mike Tyson, Boxer

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Jackie Robinson, Hall of Fame Baseball Player

courtesy www.jackierobinson.ymca.org

courtesy www.jackierobinson.ymca.org

Photo: courtesy Troy Taormina/USA TODAY Sports