High School Football Player Delivers Ridiculously Inspirational Off-the-Cuff Speech (VIDEO)

09/22/2014 AT 12:00 PM EDT

Feeling down? Need a Monday morning lift? Apollos Hester is here to help.

The high-schooler from Austin, Texas, was interviewed by TWC News Austin's Lauren Mickler after a Sept. 19 game (Hester's East View team beat Vandegrift 42-41), and Hester took the opportunity to reel off a speech that's part TED Talk, part "I Believe I Can Fly."

This is but a small sample of Hester's speech:

"Yeah, they had us the first half, I'm not gonna lie, they had us. We weren't defeated, but they had us. But it took guts, it took an attitude – that's all it takes. That's all it takes to be successful is an attitude. And that's what our coach told us. He said, 'Hey, it's gonna be tough. It's gonna be tough. It's gonna be hard. You're gonna go out there, you're gonna battle, you're gonna fight, you're gonna do it for one another. Do it for each other, you're gonna do it for yourself, you're gonna do it for us, and you're gonna go out with this win.' And we believed that, we truly did. And it's an awesome feeling."



Other topics Hester covers: Your friends having your back, getting back up when you fall down, and how it's gonna be all right.

If this whole football thing doesn't work out for him, Hester's got a real future in motivational speaking.

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