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Ex-NFL Player Leigh Bodden

STANDING OVATION

After Emotional High School Commencement Speech

5/29/2014 1:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Here's your TMZ Sports motivational video of the day ... courtesy of ex-NFL player Leigh Bodden

The 9-year NFL veteran -- who played for the Browns, Lions and Pats -- was asked to give the commencement speech at Northwestern High School in Maryland (where he graduated in '99) ... and brought the house down. 

Bodden delivered his speech in rap form ... talking about how he overcame some huge obstacles to become a starter in the NFL. 

There were tears ... there were cheers ... and in the end, there was a standing ovation.  

It's pretty awesome.

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FREEDOM    

WHAT A GREAT MAN.

145 days ago
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FREEDOM    

HE REFLECTS ON KNOWLEDGE AND HOW IT EMPOWERED HIM.

145 days ago
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FREEDOM    

I HAVE GREAT RESPECT FOR MEN LIKE HIM.

145 days ago
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FREEDOM    

HIS SPEECH WAS SO HEARTFELT, HE NEEDS TO BE A SPEAKER, HE IS VERY EFFECTIVE.

145 days ago
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FREEDOM    

HE COULD BE VERY INFLUENTIAL FOR STRUGGLING KIDS.

145 days ago
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FREEDOM    

HE DRAWS YOU IN AND MAKES YOU FEEL WHAT HE IS SAYING. THAT'S A GIFT.

145 days ago
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FREEDOM    

WHY DO PEOPLE NOT GRAVITATE TO THIS VIDEO, IS IT NOT COOL TO COMMENT A OUT A BLACK MAN WHO HAS DONE WELL IN HIS LIFE.

144 days ago
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FREEDOM    

THIS IS A MOTIVATIONAL SPEECH LIKE NO OTHER. IT IS SO POSITIVE AND PEOPLE GO FOR ALL THE NEGATIVE SUBJECTS ON THIS FORUM. ITS TERRIBLE.

144 days ago
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FREEDOM    

MORE PEOPLE LIKE HIM WOULD MAKE THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE.

144 days ago

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