Super Bowl Champs Visit White House, President Obama

By KBJR News 1

August 12, 2011 Updated Aug 12, 2011 at 7:48 PM CST

Washington, D.C. (Northland's NewsCenter) --- Green Bay Packers cornerback Charles Woodson promised President Barack Obama the team would be visiting the White House leading up to Super Bowl XLV.

On Friday, Woodson and the rest of last year's Packers made good on that promise.

The Super Bowl champions presented President Obama with a single share of the franchise and an honorary Packers jersey, gifts the commander-in-chief took with a smile on his face.

President Obama, a Chicago native, openly cheered for the Chicago Bears against Green Bay in last season's NFC Championship game, and said Friday's event was a bitter pill to swallow.

"I'll just come out and say it, this hurts a little bit," President Obama said. "This is a tough thing for a Bears fan to do. It doesn't hurt as much as the NFC Championship game, but you guys are coming into my house to rub it in."

The president also spoke about his ongoing good-natured rivalry with Woodson.

"I gave Charles a little bulletin board material before the NFC Championship game," President Obama joked, "and he said, 'If he won't come watch us in the Super Bowl, then we're going to him.' Charles, you're a man of your word, and now I know what most NFL quarterbacks already know; you don't mess with Charles Woodson."

The Packers open preseason play Saturday on the road against the Cleveland Browns.

Posted by Zach Schneider
zschneider@northlandsnewscenter.com

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