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President Trump calls out Panthers LB Ben Boulware during Clemson national title visit

Trump: 'Nobody can read plays like defensive MVP Ben Boulware'

President Trump said no one can read defensive plays better than former Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware. Boulware was named the defensive MVP in the team's championship win over Alabama.
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President Trump said no one can read defensive plays better than former Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware. Boulware was named the defensive MVP in the team's championship win over Alabama.

Carolina Panthers linebacker Ben Boulware may be the low man on the totem pole in Charlotte as an undrafted free agent trying to make the roster, but this week he was on the tip of the President’s tongue.

Boulware and the Clemson Tigers took their White House visit on Monday to celebrate their national championship.

While giving his congratulatory speech at the podium, President Trump called out Boulware, specifically.

“Nobody can read plays like defensive MVP Ben Boulware,” said Trump.

Boulware laughed and flexed – of course – and was called to the podium to shake hands with Trump.

“That kind of caught me off guard,” Boulware said. “Just a kid from Anderson (South Carolina). I never really expected to even go to the White House, let alone be called out on stage. So, it was a really cool moment. Something I’ll never forget.”

The team got to take a full tour of the East Wing of the White House, and Boulware marveled at the revelation that each president has his own specific set of china dishware.

“We also got to go into the Oval Office, that was a pretty surreal moment,” he said. “Just learning about all the history, the paintings there, we met a guy who works at the Pentagon and he went to Clemson. ... It was really cool.”

But was it as cool as winning the big one?

“Winning the national championship with your brothers, with the university that you grew up loving was definitely No. 1,” he said after the Panthers wrapped up their first of three minicamp days on Tuesday.

“It was a really cool moment yesterday. But yeah, winning the national championship, I think it trumps that a little bit. No pun intended.”

Jourdan Rodrigue: 704-358-5071, @jourdanrodrigue

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