Former UConn QB John McEntee loses job as Donald Trumps assistant
Arizona Central | 2 months ago

The White House staff member who was fired Monday has a unique sports past: Before becoming President Donald Trump's assistant, he was a starting quarterback (and football-trick-shot artist) at UConn.

John McEntee, whom The Wall Street Journal reported was escorted out of the White House on Monday because of an "unspecified security issue," started 12 games for the Huskies in 2011 after initially joining the team as a walk-on. Known then as "Johnny," he completed 172 of 335 passes for 2,110 yards with 12 touchdowns and eight interceptions, then started three games the following season.

"(It) was always a dream that I would play," he said in 2011, according to The Norwalk Hour. "I thought a lot of these guys were too good and there was no way I'd ever play. I stuck with it and tried to get a little better every year."

Though McEntee spent one season as a starter, he made more headlines for something he accomplished off the field: An elaborate trick-shot compilation that has been viewed more than 7 million times on YouTube.

"We posted it on YouTube on Tuesday and then the next day it was on the front page of Yahoo," McEntee told CNBC in 2011, shortly after the video went viral. "I was going to have a heart attack. I couldn't believe it."

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