Four-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning was present at the University of Virginia's graduation ceremony over the weekend, and the Denver Broncos quarterback delivered an excellent speech that will be remembered forever by some graduates.
Manning's ties to UVA include his wife, Ashley, who went to the university. He joked that she couldn't get into the Tennessee, which was his alma mater.
Not just content with making a speech, Manning admitted he was always disappointed that he never got a chance to throw a pass on the UVA grounds.
However, with the help of three students he made his and their dreams come true.
"One regret I have is that I never had a chance to throw any football passes here on this lawn. So if you will indulge me, I’m going to fulfil that dream right now.
"I’m going to challenge three graduating seniors to catch a pass,” he said. "If you’re nervous, I understand. Seriously, there is no pressure here at all. If you drop it, it will not be on YouTube, I promise."
Manning was not just there to have fun and throw passes, he gave some excellent advice to the graduates on moving onto the next stage of their life's as well.
In a relatively long speech that was subsequently posted YouTube, Manning shows great charisma and poise to make the audience laugh and applaud on numerous occasions during the profound speech.
"Once you leap to the other side, nothing will ever be the same. If you're at all timid, and the anticipating leap is a frightening prospect, then your instinct for self preservation may freeze you in one place," he added.
"But if you've really listened to and digested the lessons of your professors over the last fews years, I promise you that the exhilaration of what's on the other side will far outweigh the risks."