May 21 - President Obama salutes Super Bowl Champs and their ferocious fans.
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) President Obama welcomed the year's Super Bowl champs to the White House on Tuesday (May 21). The Seattle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos in a lopsided 43-8 victory at Giants Stadium in New Jersey earlier in the year. Star Quarterback Russell Wilson and cornerback Richard Sherman stood by the president as he read prepared remarks. "We are here to celebrate the first Super Bowl victory for the city of Seattle," Obama said at the ceremony. "During the regular season, the Seahawks tied for the best record. Suffocating defense led the league in points allowed, yards allowed, interceptions, takeaways, turnover margin. They beat the rival 49ers - I knew you guys would clap on that one in the NFC Championship game, and then dominated one of the best offenses in the NFL, beating the Broncos by 35 points." The President also thanked the team for raising more than $700,000 for charity this year and also saluted their fans, who hold a record for having the loudest stadium in the world. Obama singled out quarterback Wilson for special mention. "So Russell (Wilson) has won more games through his first two seasons than any quarterback in history. He also became only the second African American quarterback ever to win a Super Bowl. And the best part about it is nobody commented on it, which tells you the progress that we've made, although we've got more progress to make," Obama added. The Seahawks have had a great deal of success re-signing their star players in the off-season and many believe they are well-positioned to defend their Championship next year and return to the White House.