Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens visit White House
The Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens took their visit to the White House Wednesday to visit President Barack Obama.
The President took time to acknowledge the Ravens’ reliance throughout the year, highlighting the fact that the Ravens “lost player after player to injury,” dropped four of their last five games, and even had to endure a half hour wait when the lights suddenly shut off at the Super Bowl.
Obama was sure to include some laughs throughout his speech, remarking to Joe Flacco that his performance in the playoffs “was good timing,” and that if he continues his superb play, will “challenge [Vice President] Biden for the most popular person in Delaware.”
Obama also joked to former linebacker Ray Lewis to refrain from doing the “Squirrel” dance on the South Lawn, and declined a request from running back Ray Rice to try the dance.
Before stepping away from the podium, Obama wished the Ravens luck in the upcoming season.
“You’re going to need it in Week 11 when you go to my hometown of Chicago to play the Bears.”
According to The Baltimore Sun, most of the Super Bowl team was present at the White House, including now Miami Dolphins linebacker Dannell Ellerbe and released veterans Brendon Ayanbadajo and Bobbie Williams. Anquan Boldin, who was traded to San Francisco, and released safety Bernard Pollard, did not attend.
The World Champion Ravens begin their title defense September 5 in Denver on Sunday Night Football.
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