41st U.S. President George H.W. Bush spoke about Texas high school football at 1988 GOP National Convention

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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.

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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.

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Jeff is an award-winning journalist and expert in the field of high school sports, underscored with his appearance on CNBC in 2010 to talk about the big business of high school football in America. Jeff turned to his passion for high school football into an entrepreneurial venture called High School Football America, a digital media company focused on producing original high school sports content for radio, television and the internet. Jeff is co-founder and editor-in-chief of High School Football America, which is a media partner with USA TODAY High School Sports.