The distinction has previously been reserved for the greatest athletes of all time. The University of Michigan’s honorary football game captains have included NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan, Baseball great Hank Aaron, and four-time Super Bowl MVP and Michigan alumnus Tom Brady.
Today, the Hill’s John Bowden reports, the school has made an exception. Michigan Wolverines Head Coach Jim Harbaugh announced that he is extending an offer to President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama for a home game in the coming season.
Harbaugh has a substantive history with the Obamas, having worked with the First Lady to promote higher education through her Reach Higher initiative and meeting President Obama several times.
In 2015, President Obama even gave a pep talk to the Wolverines after a tough loss to in-state rival Michigan State. “He was great,” Harbaugh said. “(He) told the fellas to keep their chin up… He told the guys to keep it going.”
President Gerald Ford was a star center for University of Michigan in the 1930’s but, should they accept the invitation, the Obamas would be the first President and First Lady to serve as honorary captains in Ann Arbor.
It’s a fitting honor for the Michael Jordan of First Families. If only the Constitution allowed them to make a comeback like Jordan did.
Sheila Norton is a writer with ten years of Capitol Hill experience. Subscribe to the OD Action email to get all the hottest news delivered right to your inbox every day at www.odaction.com