Athletes Honor President Barack Obama on Night of Farewell Address

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistJanuary 11, 2017

US President Barack Obama speaks during his farewell address in Chicago, Illinois on January 10, 2017.
Barack Obama closes the book on his presidency, with a farewell speech in Chicago that will try to lift supporters shaken by Donald Trump's shock election. / AFP / Nicholas Kamm        (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
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There may be no president in the history of the United States who has been as big a sports fan as Barack Obama. That's why, as our 44th president gave his farewell address Tuesday night, athletes around the country paid tribute and offered him their gratitude.

During his eight years in office, President Obama has made annual March Madness picks, welcomed numerous championship teams into the White House and even formed friendships with athletes, such as Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry.

As the nation tuned in to see one last speech from President Obama, many athletes took to social media to show some love for the commander in chief:

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