The college football national champions, the Clemson Tigers, were honored at the White House on Monday, according to a news release from Clemson University.
The Tigers toured the White House and met President Donald Trump at 3 p.m. and then headed to the U.S. Capitol.
Head Coach Dabo Swinney said on June 7 that former quarterback Deshaun Watson and defensive tackle Carlos Watkins, who were both drafted by the Houston Texans, will be able to make the trip to the nation’s capital.
“I think (Houston Texas owner Bob McNair is) actually going to fly Deshaun and Carlos,” Swinney said. “So that’s really the only way they’re going to be able to get there.”
Swinney said multiple players from the national championship team who are now in NFL training camps were not able to make the Washington trip.
"We’ve got guys out in California and down in Miami. So, it’s just kind of hard for them, because they’re working,” Swinney said.
During the ceremony, which was held in the Rose Garden, Swinney gave a jersey to President Trump, who called it one of the best football games he has ever watched.
"People will be talking about what you did for a very, very long time," Trump said. "That victory and the great comeback was the product of a vision that began nine years ago when coach Sweeney assembled a team of assistant coaches who believed in his vision."
The president shook hands with members of the team, coaches and Clemson University President Jim Clements.
"You're going to be very successful," Trump said to the team. "Work hard, fight hard and believe in yourselves, perhaps I'll see you back here one day right at the White House."
This was Swinney’s second trip to the White House as a national champion, but the first time as coach. Swinney was a player on Alabama's 1992 national championship team.
Copyright 2017 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.