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Friday, June 8, 2012

The New York Giants descended upon the White House today, their coveted Super Bowl trophy in tow, to be honored by President Obama for winning Super Bowl XLVI after defeating the New England Patriots 21-17.

It would be their second White House visit since winning Super Bowl XLII in 2008.

President Obama receives an autographed football and jersey from the New York Giants.  Photo/CD Brown.
"Everyone played a key role", said head coach Tom Coughlin of his team that scratched to make it to the playoffs.   "Our special teams, our offensive team, and our defensive team, doing their job.  Each having their own motive, but playing in harmony for the good of everyone."

"Wouldn't it be good if Congress did the same thing?", asked Coughlin to the applause of the president and the jeering attendees.

Their second Super Bowl win solidifying their quarterback, Eli Manning, as a top rated NFL quarterback, contrary to what sports writers and sports talk radio hosts say.

Head coach Tom Coughlin with President Obama as Giant's QB Eli Manning looks on.  Photo/ CD Brown.
Agreeing, President Obama remarked, "So I would just advise the sportswriters out there the next time Eli says he thinks he’s an elite quarterback, you might just want to be quiet."
The team was also honored by the president for their work in the community:  From fighting childhood obesity with the NFL's Play 60 initiative that gets kids exercising, to wrapping up leftover food for homeless shelters, to working with the Make-a-Wish Foundation to bring kids to practices and games.

"Big Blue supports the folks who support them", said the president.

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