The boy is back in town! Matthew McConaughey recently returned to his old stomping grounds at the University of Texas to pay a visit to the Longhorns football team.
The actor, 44, spent some time with the famed athletes, offering some encouraging words to the college players and their coach, Charlie Strong. McConaughey spoke to the members of the team as they were preparing for their Sept. 27th game against the University of Kansas.
“I just wanted to come, not come preach anything, not come tell you anything, I just wanted to kind of have a conversation with you… see how y’all are doing… look some of you in the eye,” the Interstellar star explained. “Last night, I was thinking about what I do, and I was thinking about what y’all do. I ask myself this question all the time, ‘Why do I do what I do? Why am I an actor?’ I was gonna ask y’all, why do you play football? No right answer, but ask yourself, man, when you look in the mirror tonight, ‘Why am I playing this game?'”
“Some of you may play because you love football, some of you may play for your grandmother, some of you may play for your older brother, or your dad, some of you may play for the coaches, some of you may play for the university,” he continued. “At the end of the day, every single one of you has really only gotta be playing for one person.”
McConaughey’s words must have been the right kind of motivation, as the Longhorns beat Kansas 23 to 0. The Oscar-winning star graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 1993 with a Bachelor’s degree in radio, television and film. He went on to become a star with his breakout role in 1993’s Dazed and Confused.
Watch his speech above!