UConn QB Johnny McEntee

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White House fires, Trump campaign hires former UConn trick-shot quarterback

John Tomase
March 13, 2018 - 1:57 pm

Because president Trump has filled his White House with only the best and brightest, it should come as no surprise that the latest aide to be fired over security concerns rose to fame as . . . a trick-shot quarterback at UConn?

The president's personal assistant, John McEntee, was fired and escorted from the White House on Monday, according to the Wall Street Journal. He immediately took a job with Trump's re-election campaign.

Seven years ago, however, McEntee made a name for himself with a series of trick shots that he posted on YouTube, which have since earned more than seven million views.

A walk-on at UConn who became a starter, McEntee then went by the first name of Johnny, and he was a regular William Tell with a football, knocking a water bottle off a teammate's head, sinking the 8-ball in pool, pinging both uprights while blindfolded, and draining shots from the stands at Gampel Pavilion.

His exploits caught the attention of WEEI's morning show, and McEntee told Dennis & Callahan in 2011 that he was a little embarrassed by the attention.

"It's starting to get a little out of hand," McEntee told the show. "We didn't make it to promote ourselves, we just made it to be funny. I don't want to take away from the team."

Both the New York Times and Journal could not say why McEntee's security clearance had been revoked.

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