During their recent visit to the White House, the Clemson University football team, which won the National Championship over Alabama earlier this month, were met with thousands upon thousands of fast food hamburgers and pizzas, provided to them by President Donald Trump.
Because of the ongoing government shutdown, the White House staff was lacking and therefor, the traditional championship dinner was turned on its head. As a result, Trump dolled out his own money so that the players could feast on McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and others.
That did not sit well with retired New York Giants defensive end and Pro Football Hall of Famer, Michael Strahan, who invited the Clemson players out for a “proper meal.”
“I would like to invite the Clemson Tiger football team here for a great meal,” Strahan said Tuesday on Good Morning America. “Whoever can make it, we’ll hook you up with lobster. Whatever you want, we’re going to take care of you. We’re going to give you the proper meal that you deserve because that was one great game, a great accomplishment.”
Although it was a rather unusual situation at the White House, Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence was a fan of both the fast food and the visit.
“It was awesome. We had McDonald’s and everything. It was good,” Lawrence told TMZ Sports.
Lawrence went on to say the White House trip was “great,” while Trump tweeted about how successful the event was.
Although Strahan wasn’t being overly critical of the fast food feast, his stance on the dinner was a far cry from a similar meal given to him by head coach Tom Coughlin in 2007. In fact, during 2007 America’s Game, Strahan specifically praised Coughlin for bringing the team to In and Out Burger to enjoy delicious and greasy fast food burgers before the big game.