Following their dramatic victory over Alabama to close out the 2016 season in January, the Clemson Tigers are off to the White House to celebrate their National Championship on Monday.
It is the second football team that President Donald Trump is scheduled to honor at the White House, after having feted the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots in April. That day, the President fumbled with some football terminology. And there were some prominent no-shows, including quarterback Tom Brady.
On Monday, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney and star quarterback Deshaun Watson will both be on hand, along with many of the rest of the Tigers. Watson and defensive lineman Carlos Watkins were drafted by the Houston Texans, a team owned by major Trump-donor Bob McNair. The Houston Chronicle reports that McNair arranged for Watson and Watkins to travel to Washington so they could participate in the ceremony.
The Tigers prevailed after dropping a narrow decision to Alabama to end the 2015 season. It is their first national title since 1981.
Watch above, via the White House.
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