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President Obama Honors Alabama Football Team

Crimson Tide Visits White House for Third Time in Past Four Years.

President Barack Obama greets the crowd after a ceremony to honor the NCAA College football BCS National Champion University of Alabama Crimson Tide, Thursday, April 19, 2012, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama honored the University of Alabama football team for winning the BCS championships saying the Crimson Tide "kept on rising to the occasion and they never let up."

It was Alabama's third championship win during Obama's presidency. The Crimson Tide defeated Notre Dame 42-14 to win the championship in January.

Alabama football coach Nick Saban gave Obama a team jersey Monday at the White House as players and coaches spread out across the mansion's South Balcony. He joked that Obama now had now been presented with a full uniform.

Saban said: "I will have a meeting later with you to decide how much playing time you're going to get."

Obama replied: "I think you should keep me on the bench."


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