Packers: White House Visit

Legendary senior writer jclombardi–Packers are headed to White House.

While the Packers were unable to make the traditional Super Bowl champions’ visit to the White House during the NFL lockout, the Packers will now visit the White House to meet the President Obama on August 12, 2011.  On August 13th, they play their first preseason football game with the Cleveland Browns. Fans will recall that CB Charles Woodson stood up in front of Packers team after the Packers victory over the Chicago Bears (President Obama’s favorite) in the NFC Championship game saying: “If the president don’t want to come watch us at the Super Bowl, guess what? We’re going to see him … One, two three, White House!” Now, the Packers have their wish come true!

CB Woodson with Super Bowl Trophy. Credit: Getty Images

Quotes:I’m really excited that we were able to find a date to visit the White House,” said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. “The labor situation this spring made it a little challenging for us to set up a visit, but I think it is going to work out great. We’re very appreciative that President Obama invited us, and I’m thrilled that our players and coaches will get to enjoy this unique opportunity.”

LB Desmond Bishop said:I’m looking forward to shaking President Obama’s hand and possibly getting a picture with him and post it on Twitter and have some fun with it.

CB Charles Woodson: “Can’t wait to meet the President,” Woodson said. “It’ll be fun for the guys. We’ve waited a long time to get there and the moment is finally upon us.” Woodson said he’ll “have something interesting” to say to the President, and still thinks the First Fan should jump on the Packers’ bandwagon. “He should,” Woodson said. “I don’t know what he’s waiting on. There’s good football played up here. He should jump onboard.”

Safety Nick CollinsPackers safety Nick Collins said he’ll be thinking about former teammates during the visit. “You want those guys to be there because they were a part of that championship last year,” Collins said. “But unfortunately, the way things worked out, they moved on, we moved on, and that’s just the nature of this business. We’ll still carry them in our heart. We know who we went to battle with in the Super Bowl. They’ll be with us.” Collins said he can’t wait to go behind the scenes in a place he’s only seen on television. “Everybody wants that experience, to go in the White House and get the tour,” Collins said. “That’s a childhood dream for a lot of guys. I can’t wait.”

COMMENTARY: Actually, Nick, the cliche is simply, “My fans they can’t wait!”   

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