To the victor go the spoils, and in the case of the Super Bowl champion Seahawks that includes a visit to the White House next Wednesday when they will be honored by President Barack Obama.
The Seahawks have known they had earned an invitation from the President since their 43-8 victory over the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2, but the White House made the date official on Wednesday afternoon.
It has become a tradition that the President hosts the nation’s championship teams – be it the NBA, college football, the WNBA, college basketball, Major League Soccer, Major League Baseball or the NFL. But this is a first time visit for the Seahawks, who are Super Bowl champions for the first time in their 38-year history.
Or most of the Seahawks, that is.
“Sometimes I do feel disrespected by you reporters,” the President said. “But that’s OK. Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman is here tonight. And he gave me some great tips on how to handle it. ‘(CNN Chief Washington Correspondent) Jake Tapper, don’t you ever talk to me like that! I’m the best President in the game!’ What do you think, Richard? Was that good? A little more feeling next time?”
Well Richard, what do you think of your postgame rant after the NFC Championship game becoming POTUS podium fodder?
“I thought he did pretty well,” Sherman said last Wednesday, during the news conference to announce his contract extension, when asked about President Obama’s impression. “I thought he is the best President in the game. He’s the only President in the game right now, but I thought it was pretty cool.
“That was a real surreal experience and I really appreciate that. I didn’t know he knew I existed until before the Super Bowl. Pete (Carroll, the coach) played an audio tape for us and that was pretty cool. But we’ll get to see him in a few days and we’ll talk about that.”
But this time, Sherman and Wilson will joined by the other members of the first Super Bowl championship team in franchise history.