Every now and then a person comes along and truly inspires someone else, a group, or nations. People like Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King, Bill Pullman in Independence Day. These people were born with a special gift. The ability to lead, the ability to inspire, the ability to kick some alien’s asses. These people were also good at delivering all of these gifts into their speeches.
Usually when the subject of great speeches comes up, one can’t help but think of speeches from the world of sports. Head coaches deliver speeches to fuel the fire behind their team oftentimes driving them to success. Other times players give speeches to sum up a lengthy career. Regardless of the context, speeches are everywhere in sports…
…and we have found the greatest one.
As surprising as it may seem, this speech isn’t Lou Gehrig.
It’s not Brett Favre.
It’s not Knute Rockne.
It’s not Al Pacino.
It’s not Brett Favre again.
It’s not Tim Tebow.
It’s not Gordon Bombay.
No. This speech comes from a man who has been through so much more than all those players, coaches, and actors combined. This speech comes from a man who will never forget the little people – the people behind the scenes. This speech comes from a man who’s lifetime dream was to one day own a monkey. A man who has no idea that New Orleans isn’t in Mississippi.
If you’re as confused by that last paragraph as we hope you are, please watch this video of the greatest speech of all time. (Then read that paragraph again and it will make more sense.)
That, that is the greatest speech in the history of sports. From a man who took the rodeo less traveled.