George Herbert Walker Bush, the 41st President of the United States of America, passed away Friday at the age of 94.
President Bush loved sports throughout his life, playing baseball and soccer at the prestigious Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts. While he never played football in high school, in 1988 when he accepted the Republican nomination for presidency, he mentioned high school football.
We moved to west Texas 40 years ago. The war was over, and we wanted to get out and make it on our own. Those were exciting days. Lived in a little shotgun house, one room for the three of us. Worked in the oil business, started my own. In time we had six children. Moved from the shotgun to a duplex apartment to a house. Lived the dream – high school football on Friday night, Little League, neighborhood barbecue. – George H.W. Bush
President Bush mentions high school football at 47:29
I mentioned President Bush in my book High School Football in Texas – Amazing Football Stories from the Greatest Players of Texas.
On a personal note, Trish Hoffman and I mourn the loss of both President Bush and former First Lady Barbara Bush, who passed earlier this year. Trish’s mom was personal friends with Jane Hoffman and Trish’s dad Ken Hoffman served on President Bush’s healthcare committee.