Lipinski Praises Saint Xavier's NAIA Football Championship in Congress
Today, Congressman Dan Lipinski (IL-3) made the following statement on the House floor congratulating the Saint Xavier University Cougars on winning the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Football National Championship and bringing Saint Xavier its first-ever National Championship in any sport.
“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to congratulate the Saint Xavier University Cougars on winning the NAIA Football National Championship on Saturday.
“It was another thrilling game, and a fitting way for Saint Xavier to bring home its first National Championship in any sport. Beating the defending champion Carroll College Fighting Saints 24-20 on a goal-line stand in the final minutes made the victory even sweeter.
“From the freshmen to the seniors, from the top-ranked offense to the clutch defense to the special teams – everyone played a part in this victory and the Cougars’ amazing season.
“This was the first time since 1913 that a college football team from Chicago has won a national championship. And the Cougars did it with a lot of homegrown talent. Chicago, Lemont, Joliet, Tinley Park, Oak Lawn, Palos Heights, Park Ridge, Rockford, Frankfort – these and many other towns are well represented on this historic team.
“The players, Coach Mike Feminis and his staff, Saint Xavier, the city of Chicago, and the state of Illinois should all be proud. Congratulations to the Cougars.”
Rep. Lipinski is proud to have Saint Xavier University’s Mount Greenwood campus in his Third Congressional District.
(December 20, 2011)
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