Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates Receives Football Foundation Award

The National Football Foundation & College Football Hall of Fame announced today Robert M. Gates, former U.S. Secretary of Defense, as 2011 recipient of the NFF Gold Medal. The organization’s highest honor, the Gold Medal recognizes significant career success, and those who have excelled in amateur sport, particularly football.

Like I’ve said numerous times before, the game of football is a metaphor for war, playing football can serve as a stand-in for military service, and the business of football and the military-industrial complex are completely intertwined and have been since day one.

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Celtics Legend Bill Russell Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom (Video)


UCLA and Boston Celtics legend Bill Russell, one of the greatest NBA players of all time and the first African-American to coach a professional sports team was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

Here’s a video with MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell about the ceremony

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