"I challenge each of you in this arena tonight to invest your time to become a game-changer," Manning said. "A gamer-changer looks deeper and senses something others don't and then acts on it."
"You either get better or worse every day," Manning recalled one of his college coaches telling him. "You don't stay the same."
Many students said they found Manning's speech to be very inspirational.
Some people, however, questioned the school's decision to spend so much money on Manning, the Tulsa World continued:
OSU's Speakers Board paid Manning $105,000 for his time. There was debate on campus as to whether Manning was worth the price tag to bring him to Stillwater. Chairman Patrick Alland the money was well spent and he would do it again.