(2009 file photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post) (2009 file photo by Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post)

Not much to say here except that former Maryland defensive lineman and future Miami Dolphin A.J. Francis wrote a pretty outstanding guest column for The Diamondback, Maryland’s student newspaper. It’s a farewell piece that doubles as a graduation speech, and a darn good one at that. But really, would you expect anything less from the same storyteller who brought us Grandpa Shaky? 

Here’s an excerpt:

But here is the problem with that being the reason why I am perfect for writing this guest column: We are all just as unique! I get more publicity than I ever should have because I am an athlete people perceive as “different” because I live my life the way I want to. That’s not a quality that should be admired because it’s a quality we should all have.

My message is simple: Live your life to the fullest. Sixty years from now, when you’re on your deathbed surrounded by the people you love, will you be thinking about all the diets you cheated? All the shots you didn’t take (metaphorically and alcoholically)? All the nights you got eight hours of sleep? As most of you who own a computer and have seen the YouTube video from last week, my entire life changed in a three-minute span. That’s all it takes.

(via Diamondback)