Lou Holtz Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

He coached college football for 33 years.

Legendary college football coach Lou Holtz was presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Thursday — the highest civilian award in the nation. The ceremony was conducted in the White House Oval Office. Included among those present were Senator Lindsey Graham and Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe.

The 83-year-old Holtz was head football coach at Arkansas, Notre Dame, and South Carolina. He was the head coach of the Fighting Irish for 11 seasons. In 1986, Notre Dame finished with a perfect 12-0 record and claimed the Fiesta Bowl and won their last national championship.  He also had a brief stint in professional football with the New York Jets. His career has been characterized by strong leadership and his Christian faith.

Honorary doctorates have been bestowed on Holtz over the years, from the University of Notre Dame, the University of South Carolina, Trine University, and the Franciscan University of Steubenville, commemorating his accomplishments as a philanthropist and author in addition to his career in football.

Holtz had battled coronavirus last month.

“It’s the highest honor or award you could possibly receive and I receive it with mixed emotions. First of all, I’m humbled,” Holtz said. “There are many more people far worthy than me I can assure you. Nobody is more appreciative than me. So, I’m excited to have this opportunity and at the same time, I’m excited to receive it from President Trump. The president I admire and respect. I think he did a tremendous job.”

At a recent commencement address at Franciscan University, he said, “I have a strong faith in God, and I don’t know how people live without it. … Put your faith in Jesus Christ.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • With thanksgiving for the life and testimony of coach Lou Holtz and the influence he has had on college students and athletes as well as the public.
  • For strong Christian leadership to increase in America’s schools and institutions.

Sources: Fox News, Liberty.edu


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