Harrison Butker’s commencement speech ‘showed courage and commitment,’ Lou Holtz says

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Harrison Butker’s commencement speech at Benedectine College has received tons of both backlash and praise.

The Kansas City Chiefs kicker gave his faith-based speech earlier this week, which has become controversial due to comments made.

However, legendary college football coach Lou Holtz praised Butker for his speech.

Holtz thanked Butker for “standing strong in your faith values.”

Lou Holtz and Harrison Butker

Lou Holtz, left, praised Harrison Butker for his commencement speech earlier this week. (Getty Images)

“Your commencement speech at Benedictine College showed courage and conviction and I admire that. Don’t give in,” Holtz wrote on X.

Holtz also added a link to America First Works, where fans were able to “publicly support and thank Harrison.”


“Harrison Butker, Kansas City Chiefs Super Bowl Champion Kicker, stood firm in his convictions during his powerful commencement address at Benedictine College,” the site read. “With courage and clarity, Butker championed the timeless virtues of family, faith, and the sanctity of life. His bold proclamation of a pro-family, pro-God, and pro-life worldview resonated deeply, reminding us of the enduring strength found in our foundational beliefs.

harrison butker speaks during media press

Harrison Butker of the Kansas City Chiefs speaks during a media press during Super Bowl LVIII Opening Night on Feb. 5, 2024, in Las Vegas. (Robin Alam/ISI Photos)


“Harrison’s speech was not just words but a call to action – a directive to embrace our vocations over mere cultural expectations, guiding young minds towards paths of purpose and integrity. His unwavering dedication to his Christian principles brought a refreshing sincerity and profound depth to the commencement, inspiring us to live authentically and fearlessly.”

In the speech, Butker went after President Biden while adding, “things like abortion, IVF, surrogacy, euthanasia, as well as a growing support for the degenerate cultural values and media all stem from pervasiveness of disorder.” He later urged women to embrace the title of “homemaker.”

Harrison Butker celebrates

Place kicker Harrison Butker, #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs, celebrates kicking a field goal in the fourth quarter against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on Nov. 26, 2023 in Las Vegas. (Candice Ward/Getty Images)

Butker’s jersey sales have since skyrocketed on the NFL shop, while lots in the media remain split about the speech.

Butker played in his third Super Bowl earlier this year with Kansas City.

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