Obama Welcomes Broncos As Super Bowl Champs To The White House

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President Barack Obama holds up a Denver Broncos team football jersey, as he welcomes the Super Bowl Champions during a ceremony in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Monday, June 6, 2016, to honor the team and their Super Bowl 50 victory. Executive Vice President of Football Operations/General Manager John Elway is at left.

“The Broncos are a way of life, not just in Colorado but throughout the Mountain West. They call it Broncos country. Sold out just about every game in Denver since 1970. I’ve heard how loud that stadium can get. Back in 2008 I gave my convention speech at Mile High. Thank you for letting me borrow it for just a little bit.” 

Obama pointed out that in the last year, Broncos players served the community more than 360 times, with everything from fitness clinics to mentoring young people to honoring U.S. troops. He also noted that the organization has distributed more than $25 million to local charities since 1993.

A huge Chicago Bears fan, the president felt obliged to mention that franchise's defense from the 1985 Super Bowl champions, but Obama says he's got to admit this past year's Denver defense "was pretty good, too."

“And then there’s this guy from the commercials," said with a nod to quarterback Peyton Manning's outstanding career. "Doesn’t matter whether you need insurance, pizza or a Buick. You basically can stock your whole household with stuff this guy is selling."

The team gave Obama a Broncos helmet and a jersey with No. 44 on the back.

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