The University of Texas football team got a surprise visit from a certain otherworldly visitor during practice this week.
Thankfully, he didn’t try to steal their souls.
In a rare out-of-character appearance (or “breaking kayfabe,” as it’s known in WWE), Mark Calaway, aka The Undertaker, gave an inspiring speech to the Longhorns courtesy of their new coach, Tom Herman.
“It took me almost 52 years, but I finally made a Longhorns practice!” Calaway said.
Calaway went into detail about the genesis of his career, and how he almost skipped sports entertainment in favor of joining a basketball team abroad. He recalls his oldest brother telling him, “You gotta live your life for you, because ultimately you’re gonna be the only one you have to answer to for the decisions you make in life.”
Calaway then left school (which, of course, he told the team not to do) to pursue sports entertainment. It took him months of working as a bouncer and living in a truck to get his first break, which he admits was only because he was in “the right place at the right time, and my perseverance paid off.”
Ultimately, Calaway emphasized that you need to be motivated in order to succeed, and to stay determined:
You can listen to ‘Taker’s entire speech here, courtesy of the Texas Longhorns Twitter account:
Undertaker live at practice. https://t.co/ynueZWzIK9
— Texas Football (@TexasFootball) March 23, 2017
The Undertaker is currently scheduled to make an appearance at WrestleMania 33 this April in Orlando.