WASHINGTON – The Super Bowl Champion Baltimore Ravens took on new turf Wednesday as they arrived on the White House South Lawn.
President Barack Obama honored the Ravens’ achievements on and off the field and was joined by members of the Maryland congressional delegation,including House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer.
The Ravens defeated the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 at Super Bowl XLVII in February.
Lewis retired after the Ravens’ Super Bowl victory,while Reed signed with the Houston Texans after becoming a free agent at the end of the 2012-13 NFL season.
Ravens quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco stood behind the president as he lauded Flacco’s post-season performance,calling it “one of the greatest.”
“I’d say that if you keep on playing like that,you’re going to challenge Biden for the most popular person from Delaware,” Obama joked.
Obama also announced that the Ravens will donate new uniforms to 42 varsity football and girls’ basketball teams across Baltimore.
“Baltimore won’t just be seeing the Ravens on Sundays or Monday night or Thursday night. You’ll see their impact in high schools under Friday night lights. And that’s a testimony to the connection they feel to this city,” Obama said.
Obama ended his remarks by wishing the Ravens the best of luck next season,but also gave them a warning.
“You’re going to need it in week 11 when you go to my hometown of Chicago to play the Bears,” Obama said,laughing.
After the president’s remarks,Ravens’ general manager Ozzie Newsome and head coach John Harbaugh thanked Obama and presented him with a Ravens jersey. The back of the jersey read “Mr. President 44.” Obama is the 44th president of the United States. Obama called the jersey “spiffy.”
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