Legendary football coach Lou Holtz said he was surprised and humbled when President Donald Trump told him he would be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
“I just wish my wife could have been here,” Holtz told the Daily Caller News Foundation in an exclusive interview. His wife, Beth Holtz, died on June 30 — 20 days before their 59th wedding anniversary, the former Notre Dame football coach said.
Holtz said that if his wife were still alive when he found out he’d receive the Medal of Freedom, “she’d tell me ‘be sure and take the garbage out.’” He said he later learned that Beth was aware of the campaign to nominate him for the award and kept it a secret from him.
Trump announced during a Sept. 4 White House briefing that Holtz would receive the award. The College Football Hall of Famer spoke at the Republican National Convention on Aug. 26, has become a pro-life advocate, has spoken to the troops around the world and has written three New York Times bestsellers. (RELATED: Legendary Notre Dame Football Coach Lou Holtz Defends ‘Fighting Irish,’ Says Name Originated When ND Fought The KKK)
“President Trump called