President Donald Trump is awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom today to seven people, one of them being Roger Staubach. A friend and former teammate of the legendary quarterback says the former naval officer and Dallas Cowboy is very deserving of the honor.
Rear Admiral Thomas C. Lynch (USN, Ret.), a former captain of the 1963 Navy Cotton Bowl team, says there's never been a Naval Academy graduate to receive this award.
"Some real fine people have been selected and [the medal is] for giving service to the country, those who have really excelled as Americans and gave back to the country," says Lynch, now executive chairman of NewDay USA, a mortgage lending company for veterans. "Roger Staubach has done all of the above, more so than anybody I've ever known."
Lynch says Staubach – an Academy graduate who won the 1963 Heisman Trophy and fulfilled his four-year commitment to the U.S. Navy before entering the NFL – has been loyal and true to his roots.
"He's just a humble, wonderful, straightforward, candid human being who proved himself to be a leader on the football field, a leader in the military, a leader in corporate America – and of course, the leader of his own family and non-profit," he continues. "He's done so much for veterans. For example, he started a company to provide jobs for veterans."
Staubach, 76, will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom alongside fellow NFL Hall of Famer and former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page. Other recipients today include Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah). Posthumous awards will go to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Babe Ruth, and Elvis Presley.