LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — Former NFL player Leigh Bodden delivered a moving commencement speech at his former high school in Hyattsville in the form of a rap.

In a YouTube video, Bodden high-fives Northwestern High School students as they make their way into the auditorium for graduation on Wednesday.

Bodden wipes tears away as he delivered his speech, talking about overcoming obstacles and how “Northwestern gave him every opportunity,” allowing him to continue on to be a starter in the NFL.

At the end of his speech, he was thanked with loud cheers and a standing ovation.

Bodden graduated from Northwestern in 1999 and went on to Duquesne University.

He was a cornerback in the NFL for nine years and spent those years as a member of the Browns, Lions and Patriots.

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