For many years, the distinction has been reserved for the greatest athletes on earth.
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.
However, there is an exception to this rule according to the Hill’s John Bowden reports. This school has done something extraordinary to this honor.
Michigan Wolverines Head Coach Jim Harbaugh said that he is extending an offer to Barack Obama and Michelle Obama for a home game in the coming season.
Harbaugh has a history with the Obamas, having had a working relationship with Michelle 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.