15 Celebrities Induction Speeches That Got Unexpectedly Real

15 Celebrities Induction Speeches That Got Unexpectedly Real

They earned their spot in their respective Halls of Fame, which means they earned their time to say whatever they want. Luckily for us, they really went for it. Most speeches are classic thank-yous to parents, friends, managers, and team/band mates, but once in a while musicians and athletes throw some creativity in the mix, and from the looks of it, they didn’t have to run the content of these speeches by anyone.

We expected a wild one from Weird Al (who is on the list), but hilariously saucy moments from football, basketball, and hockey players were a welcome surprise. Especially hockey players… Those guys have been known for their stuffy, robotic interviews, so it’s nice when they hint at the personality within. Whether they planned some wild jokes and jabs or it was off-the-cuff, these 15 honorees had some of the oddest, funniest, and most badass induction speech quotes of all time.

Ray Lewis and his kids remember things differently.

CRACKED Ray Lewis - Pro Football HoF In a passionate and erratic 33 minute speech, Ray Lewis said that he still kisses his kids on the mouth. His adult sons aggressively shook their heads. 2018


Bruce Springsteen’s mom’s critique of Bob Dylan.

CRACKED Bruce Springsteen roasts Bob Dylan - Rock & Roll HoF While inducting Dylan into the Rock & Roll HoF, Springsteen said he first heard Dylan's Like A Rolling Stone in the car with his mother: She liked the music. She sat there for a minute, looked at me and said, 'That guy can't sing. 1988

Youtube / Billboard 

Snoop Dogg lovingly recalls his first blunt.

CRACKED Snoop Dog thanks Tupac Shakur for his entire personality - Rock & . Roll HoF Snoop describes meeting Tupac (and Mary Jane) in 1993: And on the night, 'Pac passed me my first blunt. That's right, Tupac is the one who got Snoop Dogg smokin' blunts. 2017


Brett Favre is a momma-in-law’s boy.

CRACKED Brett Favre - Pro Football HoF My mother-in-law, who for 33, 34 years has been by far my biggest fan. I have never thrown an interception that has been my fault, according to my mother-in-law, Ann. Favre actually threw 336 interceptions (the most in NFL history). Sorry Ann! 2016 - 8:45 SOUTH AN MISS

SB Nation / SI 

Rick Wakeman gets physical, physical.

CRACKED Rick Wakeman - Rock & Roll HoF The Yes keyboardist preached the importance of prostate exams, saying, It's like a gopher going on holiday inside you, then joked that his doctor had an erection. 2016


Kevin Lowe: 6, The Toronto Maple Leafs: 0.

CRACKED NHLer Kevin Lowe roasts The Toronto Maple Leafs - Hockey HoF After The Oilers won 5 Stanley Cups, Lowe was traded to The Rangers to help end their 54-year drought. Не won his 6th Cup with NY, and in his HoF speech, he jabbed, Maybe the Leafs could use us. (Toronto has a 55-year drought, the longest in NHL history.) 2020

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Dennis Rodman could take it or leave it.

CRACKED Dennis Rodman - Basketball HoF On coach Phil Jackson asking him to play: Phil said, Dennis, would you like to be a Chicago Bull? I said, my exact words were, 'I don't give a damn. 'And Phil said, 'Welcome to the Chicago Bulls.''' 2011 BULLS M1

ESPN / YouTube 

Weird Al asks for spit and urine.

CRACKED Weird AI Yankovic - Hollywood Walk of Fame Please don't pick-ax my star, okay guys? Unless, at some point in the future, I do something unfathomably monstrous and evil, in which case, sure, fine, go ahead, makes sense. But anything short of that, please limit yourself to spitting and urinating. 2018 ROGER KABBIT RA A ZAIA


Shaq thanks Kobe… Kinda.

CRACKED Shaquille O'Neal - Basketball HoF Last but not least, the great Kobe Bryant. A guy that would push me. Kobe Bryant, a guy who would push me and help me win three titles, but who also helped me get pushed off the team and traded to Miami. 2016 SO KIA

ESPN / People 

Bobby Heenan’s bipolar opening lines.

CRACKED Bobby The Brain Heenan - WWE HoF For Heenan's induction speech, he opened with picking his wedgie, and got a huge laugh saying, I had a wedgie. It happens! Не then said, Pardon the way I talk, I'm recovering from throat cancer, and got a standing ovation. 2004


Drew Barrymore talks the talk, and dresses the dress.

CRACKED Drew Barrymore pays homage to The Go-Go's - Rock & Roll HoF In her 2021 speech, she spoke about their influence on her while donning towels, and applying face cream to replicate their 1981 album cover, 'Beauty and the Beat.' 2021

Youtube / Page Six 

A sibling rivalry that extends as far as the Hockey Hall of Fame.

CRACKED Daniel & Henrik Sedin - Hockey HoF Swedish twins who were drafted together, played together, and inducted together, Daniel said, I want to thank whoever picked me to speak before Henrik, it reminds me of draft day. (Не was drafted one spot ahead of Henrik in 1999.) 2022

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