On February 19, Geoff and Mitchell Schwartz joined five other Jewish NFL football players in meeting Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his office in Jerusalem.
The Israeli leader called on the NFL players visiting the country to use their influence to generate support for the Jewish state.
“All of you are gladiators and you have an enormous following,” Netanyahu said. “Israel is fighting in the arena, in the battle for truth. I think the most important part of your visit is that, having seen the truth, you can now fight for it.”
The NFL players’ tour was organized by American Voices in Israel, a group that has brought influential people to the Jewish state since the early 2000s.
The Schwartz brothers both played at Palisades High before moving on to successful collegiate careers (Geoff at Oregon, Mitchell at California). They also had the honor of presenting Netanyahu with two jerseys—one red, one blue—each with his nickname, Bibi, written on the back.
Geoff, an offensive guard, played for five teams from 2008-2016 before announcing his retirement last February.
Mitchell is an offensive tackle with the Kansas City Chiefs and has started all 96 games of his NFL career. He was Western League Lineman of the Year as a senior at Pali High in 2006.