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President Barack Obama salutes 'Best football team in America'
WASHINGTON, D.C. – As if winning the Super Bowl wasn’t enough for the Seahawks, during a ceremony at The White House on Wednesday President Barack Obama introduced them as “The best football team in America.”
And he got no argument from the obviously biased crowd that packed The East Room, as the winners of Super Bowl XLVIII were greeted with applause and a few chants of the now-familiar “Sea! Hawks!” as the players and coaches filed in from the adjacent Green Room.
As the Seahawks were introduced after they had filled the risers behind the stage, the crowd gave them a standing ovation and a rousing chorus of “Sea! Hawks! Sea! Hawks! Sea! Hawks!”
And that was before President Obama made his way to the stage with coach Pete Carroll, owner Paul Allen, general manager John Schneider, and team president Peter McLoughlin.
“Let’s give it up for this quiet, reserved bunch called the Seattle Seahawks,” President Obama said as he stepped to the podium.
And the crowd responded again. But the President was just getting warmed up.
“I was considering letting Sherman up here to the podium today and giving him the microphone,” President Obama said of All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman. “But we’ve got to go in a little bit.”
At one point, President Obama referenced CenturyLink Field as “that stadium that is kind of cheating because it’s so loud.”
As Obama continued with, “You hired some physicist,” Allen, who was standing to one side, emphatically nodded his head “yes.”
President Obama also mentioned 20 or so players during his remarks, including nose tackle Brandon Mebane and his sack celebration.
“You had a dominating defensive line with guys like Michael Bennett and Red Bryant and Brandon Mebane,” the President said. “And Brandon Mebane’s belly-roll dance. You can’t do that here in the White House.”
Marshawn Lynch, the Seahawks’ Beast Mode running back, did not make the trip. But that didn’t mean he wasn’t fair game for the President.
“I am sorry that Marshawn’s not here,” President Obama said. “Because I just wanted to say how much I admire his approach to the press. I’ve got to get some tips for him.”
The trip also was a reunion of sorts, as the players who helped the Seahawks win the Super Bowl and then signed elsewhere in free agency or were released and signed with another team also were part of the festivities – defensive backs Brandon Browner, Walter Thurmond and Chris Maragos; offensive linemen Breno Giacomini and Paul McQuistan; defensive linemen Red Bryant, Chris Clemons and Clinton McDonald; wide receiver Golden Tate; and tight end Kellen Davis.
But the purpose of this trip, this day, this special honor for the Seahawks was as obvious as the Washington Monument.
“We’re here to celebrate the first Super Bowl victory for the city of Seattle,” President Obama said.