When the Kansas City Chiefs visited the White House on Monday to celebrate their Super Bowl win, one of their star players was sporting a pro-life message.
Chiefs kicker Harrison Butker’s tie read “Vulnerari Praesidio,” which translates from Latin to mean “protect the most vulnerable.” That tie was designed for him by the pro-life organization, Live Action, The Daily Signal has learned, specifically for this visit to the most pro-abortion administration in United States history.
He also wore a gold pin replicating the size of a 10-week-old aborted baby’s feet, intended to draw awareness to the many thousands of unborn babies killed through abortion every year.
Photos of Butker show him wearing the tie as he beams at the camera from just above President Joe Biden’s head. The White House did not immediately respond to requests for comment from The Daily Signal.
Butker used his visit to the White House to highlight “the forgotten of our society,” particularly since Biden is a baptized and self-described “devout Catholic” who has been outspoken in his support for abortion, noted a press release from Butker’s team.
“I want to give the most vulnerable, the unborn, a voice at a place where every effort has been made to allow and normalize the tragic termination of their lives,” Butker said in a statement. “As a father who has experienced three miscarriages, my wife and I understand the hardships that come with losing a child. Every life is precious and should be valued whether outside or inside the womb.”
Live Action founder and president Lila Rose said in a statement that her organization was proud to partner with Butker.
“President Biden is a professing Catholic who, as the most powerful man in the world, is responsible for leading the most pro-abortion administration in our history that has overseen a horrific death toll of 2,548 children every day lost to abortion,” she said. “I call on President Biden to reject the extremism of the abortion lobby and to protect the vulnerable children of his nation.”
Butker joined his teammates in visiting the White House on June 5 to celebrate their most recent Super Bowl victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. Photographs show the team smiling with Biden and swaggering about the White House grounds in suits and sunglasses as they visited the nation’s capital.
“This is what real masculinity looks like, courageously standing up for the most vulnerable, the preborn,” tweeted pro-life activist Anna Lulis.
“This might be the most manly thing I have ever seen,” another female Twitter user gushed. “God bless Harrison!!!”
The Super Bowl champion has repeatedly and publicly emphasized the importance of his Catholic faith and his preference for the Traditional Latin Mass. Fans have noticed that he wears a brown scapular around his neck during football games, a Catholic practice of showing devotion to Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ.
During an interview with EWTN’s Colm Flynn earlier this year, Butker described himself as happiest when with his family.
“I envision my life with my wife and having lots of children and being saints,” he shared. “That’s what I envision. I don’t really envision myself being in the Hall of Fame, winning more Super Bowls, getting x, y, and z records, getting that contract. It’s just not something I really think about… all of my fantasies, you could say, are all for my family and for my children.”
He also emphasized that believes he is here on earth to become a saint.
“That’s the most important thing,” he told Flynn.
“I’m not just making kicks so that I can make money and I can puff myself up as this great person that people want to be like one day. I’m making kicks because God wants me to have a platform, at least for right now, to share this message of faith, of growing in virtue, of growing closer to the sacraments and of being a saint.”
Butker similarly made news earlier this year when he delivered remarks to graduates of Georgia Tech, encouraging them to “get married and start a family.”
“I can offer one controversial antidote that I believe will have lasting impact for generations to come,” he said. “Get married and start a family.”
“I will say,” he added with a grin, pointing to his wedding ring, “this is the most important ring I have right here. Having kicked both the game-winning field goal in both the AFC Championship, and the Super Bowl, I have received a great deal of praise for these successes.”
“They just announced that this Super Bowl was the most watched football game of all time, and yet all of this happiness is temporary, and the truth is, none of these accomplishments mean anything compared to the happiness I have found in my marriage and in starting a family,” he told the graduates. “My confidence as a husband and father, and yes, even as a football player, is rooted in my marriage with my wife, as we leave our mark on future generations by the children we bring into the world. How much greater of a legacy can anyone leave than that?”
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