Reporting Rochelle Ritchie
WASHINGTON (WJZ) — Go Navy! The Midshipmen football team heads to the White House, where they’re honored by the president with the prestigious Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy.
Rochelle Ritchie has the words of praise from the president to the players.
President Obama calls the Navy’s multiple victories a good habit after winning 19 of the last 21 football games against other service academies.
It’s a round of applause for the Naval Academy football team–the Midshipmen–as they are presented for the eighth time the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy by President Obama.
“This year, your motto was ‘inam,’ which is short for it’s not about me. That ethic of teamwork, of discipline and unselfishness was led by your captains and it ran through your entire season,” the president said.
The Midshipmen have dominated on the field for so many years and have made so many visits to the White House, Obama is already predicting a victory next year.
“Michelle and I were thinking about just leaving the key under the rug,” he said.
Coach Ken Niumataolo, a fellow Hawaiian to the president, attributes his team success over the years to a substantial amount of determination.
“Mr. President, on behalf of the Navy football brotherhood, we thank you for the great honor for allowing us to be your guests once again,” said Niumataolo.
The Commander-in-Chief Trophy is awarded to the winner of the American College Football Triangular Series between the Air Force, Navy and Army.
While playing football and winning games is a necessity, fighting for their country is their first priority.
“Behind you there are some great young Americans that are ready to join the most powerful Navy, Marine Corps that this world has ever known,” Niumataolo said.
The president was given a Navy helmet by the team. He declined to put it on, saying presidents don’t look good when they put things on their heads.
Navy will begin their defense of the trophy on Oct. 5, when the Air Force Falcons come to Annapolis.