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Jason Kelce Is Retiring, and Deion Sanders' Words of Wisdom to Him Are Priceless

"You don't have to eat right anymore. You can just let all that go," may be the greatest inspirational quote ever uttered 

By Christopher Rudolph

Listen up, because Deion Sanders has inspiring words for some of the sports world's biggest stars.

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The Sports Illustrated 2023 Sportsperson of the Year swung by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon on Thursday, March 14, to talk about his standout year as the head coach for the University of Colorado's college football team, the Colorado Buffaloes.

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Not only did he lead the team to its first sold-out season in almost 30 years, there has also been a major uptick in applications to the college. Sanders has even become "Professor Prime" and now teaches a class at the university. In addition to being named Sportsperson of the Year, Sanders also wrote a new book, Elevate and Dominate: 21 Ways to Win On and Off the Field.

After talking about his athletic journey, including playing professional football and baseball, Host Jimmy Fallon turned the conversation to Sanders's book, and asked him to give some inspirational speeches to today's top athletes.

"This first one, he just announced his retirement from the NFL, Jason Kelce," said Fallon as he pulled out a giant cardboard cutout of Kelce from behind The Tonight Show desk.

"Jason, you've come to the end of the road, baby, but guess what? You don't have train no more. You don't have to eat right anymore. You can just let all that go. And I want you to be as controversial as you ever wanted to be on your podcast," Sanders said, shouting out Kelce's popular podcast, New Heights. "I love you. I appreciate you, but baby, it's time for you to really be you."

Watch Deion Sanders deliver motivational monologues to superstar athletes on The Tonight Show

Deion Sanders wears a black hat, sunglasses, and suit.

Next up on Sanders's inspirational speaking engagement was the Iowa Hawkeyes' Caitlin Clark, who recently became "college basketball's all-time leader in points scored," announced Fallon as he revealed a cutout of the WNBA athlete.

"Caitlin, let me tell you something, we're coming down the homestretch. This is going to be your last dance, and guess what? I need you to finish strong," said Coach Prime. "I don't care what they say about the WNBA, but I know what you're capable of. I want you to go out there and lead like you never led before. I want you to go dominate like you've never dominated before, and unapologetically, I want you to be you."

Sanders then had words of wisdom for Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, who is about to return to the ring for WrestleMania 40

"Rock, I love you and I appreciate you. You're a great actor. You're a great inspirer. You're great at everything you do, but it's time for you to step up to the plate and take it to the next level. I need you to run for office. I need you to be the President of the United States," Sanders said as the audience cheered.

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Fallon has one last person for Sanders to give a motivational monologue to: Coach Prime, himself. Looking at his own cutout, Sanders said, "Look at you, man. Don't let your appearance cause no interference on what's about to happen. You are him. You are all that. I don't care what nobody say, baby. You go be you!"