In one final acknowledgment for winning the 2009 national championship, the University of Alabama football team visited Washington D.C. on Monday.
The highlight of the trip was a 15-minute ceremony in the East Room of the White House with none other than President Barack Obama.
President Obama delivered his personal congratulations to the team for the wonderful accomplishments they achieved on and off the field.
“It’s safe to say the Tide is back,” exclaimed Obama during his address.
Once Obama concluded his speech, former Tide cornerback Javier Arenas presented him with a football and a ‘Bama helmet with the No. 13.
However the most "prized" and notable gift came when former Crimson Tide offensive lineman Mike Johnson presented a Tide No. 1 jersey to Obama with his name across the back. Over the years it has been a tradition of athletic teams visiting the White House to present the President with a team jersey.
Among those in attendance for the special day in Washington D.C. were Alabama President Robert Witt, and Tide athletics director Mal Moore.
Spring practice for the 2010 season begins on Friday.
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The University of Alabama’s 2009 national championship football team will meet with President Barack Obama on Monday.
The Tide will tour the White House; visit the U.S. Capitol, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and the National Mall.
The national champs will also meet with local youth encouraging them to stay in school, and the importance of making positive life choices.
The visit to D.C. is the culmination of accolades and acknowledgements for the 2009 BCS champs.
Spring practice for the 2010 season is scheduled to begin March 12.
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