President Obama to deliver Monday night message

Monday night’s Jets-Dolphins game in Miami is the culmination of the NFL’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, and it will include a special message from President Barack Obama.

Obama will open the game in stadium and on-air on ESPN’s broadcast with the following taped message:

“Tonight, we’re all looking forward to a great game between the Jets and the Dolphins. But before we kickoff, I want to join the NFL in recognizing another reason to celebrate … Hispanic Heritage Month.

“Tonight, young players like Mark Sanchez and Greg Camarillo follow in the footsteps of legends like Hall of Famer Anthony Munoz, or Joe Aguirra, the first Latino drafted into the NFL in 1941.

“The lives and careers of these great American athletes are a testament to the determination, courage, and teamwork that have always made this country great. They’ve shown young fans across America and around the world that if you dream big enough and work hard enough, there is no limit to what you can achieve.

“Our nation faces extraordinary challenges right now, and our ability to tackle them will depend on our willingness to recognize that we’re all in this together, that we each have an obligation to give back to our communities, and we all have a stake in the future of this country.

“Because, in the end, todos somos Americanos — we are all Americans.

“Thank you, and enjoy the game.”

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