is the largest league in the world. It is the third-largest league in the history of professional sports, just behind the NFL and the NBA. But it is not the only league. The NFL is an economic and social force in the world. It is not primarily an American league. It is an international league. The fact that it is growing so rapidly is a matter of great concern to the nations of the world.
The NFL has been able to maintain a high level of domestic production, and to maintain a high level of international competition. It has maintained a high level of foreign competition — a competition that is not an American league. It is not an American league. It is not an American league. It is an international league. And the fact that it is growing so rapidly is a matter of great interest to the whole world.
It’s not the fact that the league keeps its membership small that is of concern to the entire world. It’s not the fact that the league keeps its fans from traveling far that is of concern to the whole world. It’s not the fact that the league keeps its cities and its communities from ever really experiencing the full force of modern civilization that is of concern to the entire world. These things are vitally important.
And I say to you the same thing in the military world, to the men and women throughout the world who are interested in this game, these things are vitally important. If we do our part, if we take up arms and we show forth our ability to fight, if we show our determination to wage the same fight with other nations, if we show our willingness to live our lives as we live our prayers, we can make our country and our people the envy and the pride of the world.
So, if we do our part, we can make ourselves, the United States of America, the envy and the pride of the world.
THE PRESIDENT: Governor Clinton, President Bush, members of the Congress, distinguished guests and my fellow citizens:
Tonight, I speak to you about the extraordinary accomplishments of the National Football League. These are extraordinary accomplishments, and they reflect the power of the American people.
Over the past 15 years, the National Football League, the oldest major professional sports league in the world, has won more championships than in any previous era. In 1982 alone, we won eight Super Bowls, more than in any other previous decade in sports history. Over the past 15 years, the league has produced…