President Donald Trump took to Twitter last week to announce he had rescinded the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles’ invitation to the White House over the anthem kneeling controversy.
Several members of the NFL team had already announced they wouldn’t be attending the traditional ceremony.
According to ESPN, championship-winning teams have been honored at the White House since 1924, when Calvin Coolidge hosted the World Series-winning Washington Senators. While every president since has put his own spin on the tradition, President Ronald Reagan made it what it is today.
I played college football for a small school in Tennessee. We were pretty good, but winning a championship, much less visiting the White House, was never in the realm of possibility for me.