Congressman Boehner’s mighty Moeller Crusaders are playing for their second straight Ohio Division I high school football title on Saturday, and he has this message for the team:
Boehner graduated from Cincinnati’s Archbishop Moeller High School in 1968 and played football there under legendary coach Gerry Faust, an experience the Speaker talked about at Catholic University’s commencement in 2011:
“I played football in high school. The Moeller High School football team was the Moeller Crusaders. And our coach, Gerry Faust, made sure we earned every bit of that name. … He’d have the whole team kneel down and pray the Hail Mary before every meeting, every practice, and every game. Then we’d go out and smash heads with the other team for four quarters…all in the name of the Blessed Mother. That gives you an idea of the kind of guy Coach Faust was, and still is. And it was the basis for a lesson he taught us, one I've been repeating ever since: ‘there’s nothing in life you can’t achieve if you’re willing to work hard enough and make the sacrifices necessary to succeed.’”
Good luck, Crusaders.