“You are a very special athlete, you are a superstar, and you have earned the respect of every man, woman and child in America,” Trump said during the address, in which he also said “there is no other sport in the world that has the ability to produce and retain the talent that you have.”
“The trophy is not just an award, it is a great honor,” Trump continued.
“The people who play in it are some of the most incredible people in the history of the world, and I am honored to be your president.”
In the early days of the 2020 presidential campaign, Trump often promised to name the trophy after his two sons, and he made a concerted effort to make the case for the honor.
“I have two little kids.
I love them and I know I love my kids,” Trump told a crowd at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.
“And I have two of my boys.
They’re going to win a trophy for me.
So I’m going to name it after them.”
In January, Trump was asked about the name change at the time, and his response made headlines.
“We’re going back to the real trophy,” he said.
“You know, I like it.
I think it’s a great name.
It’s a wonderful name.”
Trump was later forced to issue a statement saying that “there are no winners in the name politics of the current election.”
On Thursday, he told NBC’s “Meet the Press” that he was still working on the name.
“It’s a very, very complicated name,” Trump replied.
“What I said, if you like, was I am going to put it back in the right place, and it’s going to be called the Vince Lombard Trophy, and they’re going get it.”
“And then we’ll look at what’s the right time, so I think I have a name for it,” he added.
Trump also praised the new “Gatorade National Championship Trophy” he announced at the ceremony.
“When I announced it, I said this is a championship, and the trophy is the Gatorade Championship, which is the name of the trophy, the first one I ever put on the table was the Gate,” Trump joked.
The trophy is a trophy, but the title is a Gatorage National Championship, and we’re going after the first trophy that comes to mind.” “
This is going to have a different name.
The trophy is a trophy, but the title is a Gatorage National Championship, and we’re going after the first trophy that comes to mind.”
In response to Trump’s remarks, several former presidents and other public figures, including Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and John F. Kennedy, called on the president to honor the trophy.
“If you want to be a winner, it’s time to recognize our country’s great athletes and athletes who have put on an extraordinary show over the last 40 years, including the greatest athletes in sports history,” Clinton said in a statement.
“All of us are owed this trophy.
Former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden also weighed in. “
President Trump, it was your decision to award the GAT Championship to the GATORADE National Championship Team, and as President you have shown the respect and affection we owe you by recognizing our great athletes in our sport and our nation.”
Former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden also weighed in.
“To win a championship like the GAC National Championship is a remarkable feat, and one that has been accomplished in countless games by players across all sports,” Biden said.
Trump’s move is a victory for the business community, the sports industry and athletes.
“Vince Lombardi and his trophy are a tremendous tribute to the success of the great American athletes who played their game for decades and whose sacrifice will always be a source of pride for us all,” said Jim McNerney, president of the National Football League Players Association.
“As President, I’m proud to stand with Vince and all of us who have worked hard to build a stronger America.”