“I know it’s not the graduation ceremony that you and your families envisioned, but it doesn’t change the outcome or all of the hard work, long hours and sacrifices you have made to reach this milestone Said Mahomes in his remarks, which lasted less than two minutes. “I know that this is not how you imagined spending your last days as a student.
“But the world is in a different place today than it was a few weeks ago. And as Red Raiders, we are built to endure tough times. We all had to take a moment and learn to adapt to this news. And when the odds are against us, we make a game – and I can tell you that it will make us all more competitive and hungrier than ever.
“Remember, this is a day to celebrate, to reflect on the friends you have made, the teachers who have changed your life and the memories you will cherish forever. Whatever plans await you, I have no doubt that you will go there and show the world what it means to come from Lubbock, Texas. Go out and win your Super Bowl. Congratulations, Class of 2020. I can’t wait to see what you do next. “
Mahomes, who played briefly for the school baseball team, was the Texas Tech quarterback from 2014 to 2016 before entering the NFL draft and was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs in the first round in 2017. He was the NFL MVP in 2018 and was the Super Bowl LIV MVP.
Since leaving Texas Tech, he has supported the Red Raiders in all sports and traveled to Minneapolis last year to see the men’s basketball team in the Final Four.
“He is passionate about sport,” said head coach Andy Reid on Friday. “He is passionate about technology. I just think it’s good that he has this opportunity. Pat is a pretty cool cucumber and he’s a lively kid and speaks well, so I think he will have a great presentation for them. »»
Alex Smith gave the opening speech to his alma mater, Utah, in 2014 when he was quarterback of the Chiefs. Earlier this month, twin brothers Shaquill Griffin and Shaquem Griffin, who both play for the Seattle Seahawks, delivered opening remarks at the 2020 promotion for the virtual graduation ceremony at the center of Florida.
Texas Tech’s graduation ceremonies, which normally take place in the school’s basketball arena, have been moved to a virtual format due to the coronavirus pandemic.