The New England Patriots have a Donald Trump problem. We already knew that. But, it turns out Trump’s friendships with Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft also mean Roger Goodell has a Donald Trump problem. Well, he does if he wants to be liked by him.
Mark Leibovich of the New York Times interviewed Trump in the fall of 2015 — right at the peak of DeflateGate — and Trump was quick to criticize Goodell.
“I approached them in December, and they were very enthusiastic about wanting to participate, “ Goodell said at his Super Bowl press conference. “We’re honored to have them. Obviously, you all know that both of them have had a little bit a setback health-wise recently, but I’ve heard from both of them and they’re excited and anxious to be here.”
President Bush moved to Houston in 1959 and was the first Republican to serve Houston in the United States House of Representatives. His election win in 1966 set the stage for an ambitious career that peaked at the White House. He served two terms as Ronald Reagan’s vice president before riding Reagan’s unparalleled popularity to a victory over Michael Dukakis in the 1988 U.S. Presidential election. He served just a single term in office and is the only President to lose an election while running as an incumbent since 1981.
Bush has been involved in the world of sports since his college days. He played first base at Yale, where he participated in the first two College World Series, and was a member of the university’s cheerleading squad and soccer team. In the intervening years, he’s been a hunter, tennis player, golfer, and jogger.
This won’t be the first time he’s been present for an important pregame ceremony in Houston. Bush threw out the first pitch of the Astros’ season in 2015. In October, he handled coin flip duties before a game between the Lions and Texans.