NFL great Brett Favre and NHL star Bobby Orr publicly lent their support to the President’s campaign on Friday, making them among the most prominent figures in sports to do so. Golf icon Jack Nicklaus said on Thursday that he had voted for Trump and encouraged others to do the same.
In a tweet, the former Green Bay Packers quarterback praised Trump’s stances on freedom of speech, the Second Amendment and police. “My Vote is for what makes this country great, freedom of speech & religion, 2nd Amnd, hard working tax paying citizens, police & military,” Favre wrote. “In this election, we have freedom of choice, which all should respect. For me & these principles, my Vote is for @RealDonaldTrump.”
Orr’s endorsement came in the form of a full-page ad in the Manchester Union Leader on Friday. Orr is pictured with his wife, Peggy, and Trump posing with their thumbs up.
“I have never done anything like this before, but I am greatly concerned for the country in which I have raised my family — a country I have grown to love deeply,” the ad reads. “I want my grandchildren to know the America I know, a place of patriotism and opportunity.”
Orr was born in Canada but resides in the US, and donated $5,000 to the Trump campaign this summer. While his wife, Margaret, is a registered voter, Orr is not, according to public voting records. CNN was unable to determine if Orr is an American citizen. Two emails sent to Orr’s associates went unreturned.
The three endorsements came a little more than a week after Favre asked Trump during a town hall how professional sports leagues could promote an anti-racism position without alienating fans.