Thursday was a special day for 91-year-old Boston Celtics legend Bob Cousy.
The Boston Celtics legend visited the White House on Thursday afternoon to accept his Presidential Medal of Freedom, the United States' highest civilian honor. The medal recognizes those who make “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”
Watch President Trump award Cousy the Presidential Medal of Freedom below:
"Today is it my privilege to present our nation's highest civilian honor to a beloved basketball legend and a true American original," Pres. Trump says ahead of presenting the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Boston Celtics legend Bob Cousy. https://t.co/20NWyrahhT pic.twitter.com/zmREuLWy7K— ABC News (@ABC) August 22, 2019
Cousy followed with an emotional acceptance speech:
"Mr. President, I know in your world, you're well on your way to making America great again. In my world, it's been great for 91 years. Only in America could my story have been told," NBA legend Bob Cousy says at his Presidential Medal of Freedom ceremony https://t.co/AfEIFrfeM5 pic.twitter.com/d0qZiZ2akI— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) August 22, 2019
An amazing honor for not only a legendary basketball player, but a legendary human.
NBC Sports Boston's own A. Sherrod Blakely enjoyed a great conversation with Cousy on the latest Celtics Talk Podcast. You can listen to that full interview below:
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