Congratulations to the graduating class of 2011. You've worked and partied...and partied...and partied...and are now set to face the world.
In an effort to guide you through your impending transition—in whatever form that may take—some members of the local sports scene have stepped up to provide an example. Phillies' chairman and part-owner Bill Giles recently addressed the commencement congregation of Neumann College during the institution's closing ceremonies (video on right), while Eagles' quarterback Michael Vick is set to speak to the graduating class of the Camelot schools, an alternative program in the city of Philadelphia aimed at improving the educational opportunities of "at-risk" students.
Their sincerity and earnest well-wishes aside, we thought it might be a fun idea to brainstorm what some other local sportsmen—both past and present—might say when faced with a group of impressionable youths. Mike Mamula, Ed Wade and Don Tollefson after the jump...
Mike Mamula—"Always be aware of your surroundings. Regardless of the situation, you never wanna' be caught with your pants down."
Andy Reid—"It's all about putting yourself in the best position to make
plays, and you have to take full responsibility for that."
Von Hayes—"You guys can do whatever you want. I'll still be eating steak every night."
—"Work? F*** you!"
Don Tollefson—"What an absolutely wonderful time to be out in the job market! I wish I had more than a decade after college to find myself!"
Ed Wade—"Other than not attending a class for the past eight years, I think you did a pretty good job."
Fred Shero—"Graduate today and walk together forever."
These are just a few to start. Have any you can come up with? Feel free to drop them in the comments. Let's have some fun with this.