Former NFL quarterback Jake Delhomme for the Carolina Panthers Jake Delhomme spoke at the winter commencement for the University of Louisiana in Lafayette on Friday, December 18 in the Cajundome. The 2003 NFC Champion player stressed the importance of education and told the graduates that they will always have their experiences and knowledge from the university to fall back on no matter what. Delhomme also told the newest graduates of UL-Lafayette that it is always a choice people make when they give up, so perseverance will get them far in life too. The excited former students were happy to have such an accomplished athlete show up at their event and it was a speech that they will remember forever.
The Louisiana native was a star high school football player that went on to play at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette for all four years of his college career. At the time of his graduation, Delhomme had broken records and was the school’s all-time passing leader in yards and touchdowns. He entered the 1997 NFL draft but went unselected, however later that year he signed on with the New Orleans Saints as a free agent. The quarterback stayed in New Orleans with the team until 2002 before signed with the Carolina Panthers in 2003. After six years with the Panthers, Delhomme was briefly with the Cleveland Browns and Houston Texans before retiring in 2011.
Delhomme spoke at this year’s December graduation ceremony for his alma mater, the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and emphasized just how essential it is for a person to get their education. This was a great send off for the graduating class to hear from someone who had been in their shoes right at the same university.
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