Texas Tech University has announced their commencement speaker for the Class of 2020 is the Chiefs own MVP Patrick Mahomes.
Texas Tech’s class of 2020 isn’t going to get to enjoy the typical graduation ceremonies and commencement routines that classes before them have enjoyed—just like every other graduate this year.
The measures taken to stave off the spread of the coronavirus have altered plans for everyone around the globe, but Texas Tech is feeling good, as they should, about their ability to deliver a star speaker nonetheless for online commencement ceremonies. They’ve booked Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes to deliver an address that day.
Mahomes is, of course, a product of Texas Tech and was drafted by the Chiefs from the Big 12 school at No. 10 overall in the 2017 NFL Draft. From there, the former Red Raider has turned the entire league upside down. He’s become the league’s best-selling player—ending Tom Brady‘s three-year reign—by winning the Most Valuable Player award in his first full season as a starter and leading a comeback win over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV.
Mahomes has no ceiling at this point and he looks destined to rewrite every quarterback mark in the NFL’s record books if he can stay healthy.
We’re not sure exactly what Mahomes might say to the crowds gathered around phones and laptops and tablets to hear what he has to say, but he knows a thing or two about putting in the requisite work to achieve big things. He also knows what it’s like to wait his turn patiently as things fall into place around him—to focus on being ready when or if the time comes.
Then again, maybe Mahomes will say he left college early and makes more money than anyone else. Either way, he’s Patrick Mahomes, commencement speaker.