Presidents' Day: How US leaders fared in the sporting arena

As the U.S. honors the U.S. capi, it’s fun to look back at the sporting achievements of some presidents.

Read below for a look at how some former presidents fared in the athletic arena.

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President Abraham Lincoln

Colorized antique photograph portrait of Abraham Lincoln

Colorized antique photograph portrait of Abraham Lincoln (iStock)

Il History Channel noted that President Lincoln was an amateur wrestler in the 1830s. “Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years, Vol. 1” detailed Lincoln wrestling and beating Jack Armstrong, who was a champion from a nearby town.

Il National Wrestling Hall of Fame honored Lincoln in 1992 come un “Outstanding American.

President Theodore Roosevelt

File - Theodore Roosevelt, il 26 ° presidente degli Stati Uniti, si vede in questa foto di file non datata.

File – Theodore Roosevelt, il 26 ° presidente degli Stati Uniti, si vede in questa foto di file non datata. (Foto AP, File)

President Roosevelt has been described as the ultimate sportsman. He was a boxer and a wrestler, and he played tennis and polo. He would regularly box at the White House and was injured by his military aide Col. Daniel T. Moore in a sparring session.

His sporting legacy has left an imprint on one of the greatest superstars of any professional sport – Tom Brady. The seven-time Super Bowl champion has quoted Roosevelt’s “L'uomo nell'arena” speech and used the speech as the title for his ESPN documentary.

President William Taft

President Taft attended Yale in 1874 and competed in intramural wrestling. He was the heavyweight champion at one point during his time at the school.

Secondo il Miller Center, Taft was a solid baseball player, anche.

President Herbert Hoover

President Hoover attended Stanford University and became the student-manager for the baseball and football teams. He helped organize the rivalry football game between Stanford and the University of California-Berkeley, which is known as The Big Game.

The first game was played on March 19, 1892. Stanford won 14-10.

Presidente Franklin D. Roosevelt

Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd president, contemplated some significant tinkering with the composition of the high court.

Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd president, contemplated some significant tinkering with the composition of the high court. (AP, File)

President Roosevelt attended Harvard and served as a cheerleader on the squad to help support the football team. He is among several presidents who served as cheerleaders during their time in college.

Roosevelt attended Harvard from 1900 per 1903.

Presidente Dwight D. Eisenhower

President Eisenhower was a star running back at West Point in 1912 but he injured his knee in a game and never took the football field again.

He was also a boxer, cheerleader, and fencer. He practiced gymnastics during his time in college. Eisenhower said later in his life that not making the baseball team was one of his biggest regrets, secondo Baseball Almanac.

Il presidente John F. Kennedy

US statesman John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th president of the US (back row, third from left) with fellow members of the Harvard Swimming Team.

US statesman John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th president of the US (back row, third from left) with fellow members of the Harvard Swimming Team. (John F Kennedy Library/Keystone/Getty Images)

President Kennedy went to Harvard after leaving Princeton.

Kenny made the swimming team but wasn’t a memorable athlete. His coaches in 1970 detto The Crimson that Kennedy wasrather frail.He competed in the 100-meter backstroke and the 300-meter medley.

He also tried out for football and golf while he was a member of the school.

President Richard Nixon

President Nixon attended Whittier College in California starting in 1930. Nixon played for the school’s basketball team and was a bench player for the football team, secondo il libro “The Contender,” which details Nixon’s Congressional years.

Nixon is in the Whittier College athletics Hall of Fame.

President Gerald Ford

Future president Gerald Ford, pictured during his time at the University of Michigan as the center of the Wolverines football team.

Future president Gerald Ford, pictured during his time at the University of Michigan as the center of the Wolverines football team. (Getty Images)

President Ford was a standout center, linebacker and long snapper at the University of Michigan in the 1930s. The Wolverines were national champions during the 1932 e 1933 le stagioni. He won the Meyer Morton Award in 1932. The award was given to the Michigan player who showed the best development and promise at the spring practice from 1925 per 1949.

Ford was a part of the 1934 East-West Shrine Game and the 1935 Collegiate All-Star Game.

Il presidente Ronald Reagan

President Reagan excelled in football and swimming when he attended Eureka College in Illinois. He was able to attend the school on a partial football scholarship, according to the Miller Center.

Reagan portrayed George Gipp in the movieKnute Rockne All American” nel 1940.

Il presidente George H.W. cespuglio

George H.W. Bush was captain of championship Yale baseball team, while completing college in 2-1/2 years after war service, Phi Beta Kappa, Economics, nel 1948.

George H.W. Bush was captain of championship Yale baseball team, while completing college in 2-1/2 years after war service, Phi Beta Kappa, Economics, nel 1948. (George Bush Presidential Library/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

President Bush was the team captain of the Yale University baseball team. He was on the team as a first baseman and helped the team make the first two College World Series in 1947 e 1948.

According to the National Archives, Bush was able to meet with Babe Ruth before a game during his senior season at Yale.

Presidente Bill Clinton

President Clinton played two sports when he attended Oxford University.

He was a member of the Oxford University Basketball Club and the rugby union team. He is one of several NBA greats and former politicians to have played on the team.

George W.. cespuglio

MLB Commissioner Fay Vincent and Texas Rangers managing general partner George W. Bush look on during a July 1990 Texas Rangers game at Arlington Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

MLB Commissioner Fay Vincent and Texas Rangers managing general partner George W. Bush look on during a July 1990 Texas Rangers game at Arlington Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (UN. Kaye/Getty Images)

President Bush, like his father, was a cheerleader at Yale and also played on the rugby union team. He played fullback for the team in the late 1960s. Bush’s teammate Brit Kolar described Bush’s abilities to the Yale Daily News nel 2006.

What’s interesting was that he was a good enough athlete that he could play a skill position in rugby with relatively little experience,” Kolar said. “He had running skills, tackling skills and especially kicking skills.

Bush was also a part-owner of the Texas Rangers in 1989 and sold his shares in 1998.

Il presidente Barack Obama

US Democratic presidential candidate Illinois Senator Barack Obama plays basketball at Riverview High School in Elkhart, Indiana, a Maggio 04, 2008.

US Democratic presidential candidate Illinois Senator Barack Obama plays basketball at Riverview High School in Elkhart, Indiana, a Maggio 04, 2008.

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