January 28, 2023

Jill Biden on Monday touted the “integrity” of the NFL as she watched young children play flag football in Mexico and praised the league for how it is dealing with the aftermath of Damar Hamlin’s injury and their response to it.

She also thanked her beloved Philadelphia Eagles, who defeated the New York Giants in Sunday night’s playoff game.

“I’m a huge supporter of the NFL. In fact, yesterday on the plane I watched the Eagles beat the Giants,” she said.

She praised the NFL for “teaching our children the values ​​of respect and integrity.”

Jill Biden praised the NFL for its “integrity” during an event in Mexico as the league dealt with the fallout of its response to Damar Hamlin’s injury

The First Lady attended a Tochito NFL flag football event with local students that promotes gender equality and girls' empowerment

The First Lady attended a Tochito NFL flag football event with local students that promotes gender equality and girls’ empowerment

The First Lady was in Mexico City for President Joe Biden’s “Three Amigos” summit with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

She attended an NFL flag football event in Tochito with local students that promotes gender equality and girl empowerment.

While she was at the event, President Biden stayed at his hotel tonight ahead of a formal dinner he and the First Lady will attend. He will also hold a bilateral meeting with the President of Mexico.

Monday’s NFL event was boisterous. Jill Biden cheered on the middle schoolers as they did drills including hoop runs, ladder drills, blocking dummies and a ball toss.

“It really empowers young girls and teaches our children the values ​​of respect and integrity,” she said.

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“I always say sport is the international language. And you can see kids from other countries, kids playing other kids from other countries – it’s all about unity. And believe in the same values ​​and goals.”

Jill Biden, a native of Philly, has been a longtime Eagles fan and footballer supporter. She attended one of their October games in Philadelphia.

She and President Biden released a joint statement after Buffalo Bills Damar Hamlin’s security was breached and said they were praying for him.

Hamlin was discharged from the University of Cincinnati Medical Center on Monday and has returned to west New York to complete his recovery after suffering cardiac arrest during Monday night’s football game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

The NFL struggled with a slow response to his injury, taking 90 minutes after calling off the game.

The league was heavily criticized by commentators and fans on social media in the aftermath.

Meanwhile, the Eagles beat the Giants 22-16 on Sunday night, rebounding from back-to-back losses and earning a week’s rest. The Giants, who haven’t played their starters against their longtime NFC rivals, now travel to Minnesota for a wild-card game against the Vikings.

Jill Biden poses for a photo with the students who attended the Tochito NFL flag football event at the US Ambassador's Residence in Mexico City, Mexico

Jill Biden poses for a photo with the students who attended the Tochito NFL flag football event at the US Ambassador’s Residence in Mexico City, Mexico

Jill Biden also hosted a conversation on Monday about women's empowerment

Jill Biden also hosted a conversation on Monday about women’s empowerment

Bill's safety Damar Hamlin was discharged from the hospital in Cincinnati and is in Buffalo

Bill’s safety Damar Hamlin was discharged from the hospital in Cincinnati and is in Buffalo

Jill Biden, who teaches English at a community college in Northern Virginia, brought a little heartache to the schoolchildren on Monday.

“You know I’m a teacher, so I’m just wondering, did you skip school to be here?” she said. “Maybe,” she remarked when the children looked embarrassed. ‘Okay, thanks for being here.’

The First Lady has her own schedule during the three-day trip.

Ahead of Monday’s NFL event, she hosted a conversation about women’s empowerment at the official residence of US Ambassador to Mexico Ken Salazar.

“We have never been silent,” she told the group. “But women have been silenced. Raising your voice is a struggle for many women around the world and they have had to fight for a seat at the table. When women are left behind or pushed aside, it hurts us all. But when women get the opportunities they deserve, there are no limits.”

Jill Biden is in Mexico to accompany President Joe Biden on his three-day trip

Jill Biden is in Mexico to accompany President Joe Biden on his three-day trip

Jill Biden hugs a woman during a women's empowerment event

Jill Biden hugs a woman during a women’s empowerment event

First Lady Jill Biden listens to Monsenior Salvador Martinez during her visit to the Basilica de Guadalupe in Mexico City after arriving in Mexico on Sunday

First Lady Jill Biden listens to Monsenior Salvador Martinez during her visit to the Basilica de Guadalupe in Mexico City after arriving in Mexico on Sunday

On Tuesday she will meet with the spouses of the two presidents, Dr. Beatriz Gutiérrez Müller and wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, at the Palacio Nacional in Mexico City.

The trio then visits the Templo Mayor in the center of the city. It was the most important Mexica temple in Tenochtitlan and is the site of an ongoing architectural excavation.

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