The Alabama football team visited the White House for the third time in four years on Monday. (AP)
By Zac Ellis
For practical purposes, it might be a good idea for the Alabama football team to purchase a timeshare in Washington, D.C. The Crimson Tide made another visit to the White House on Monday to celebrate their BCS title win over Notre Dame, ‘Bama’s third championship — and third visit to D.C. — in four seasons. It’s becoming a near-annual tradition for Nick Saban and Co.
Saban and President Barack Obama must be getting pretty close at this point. The coach presented Obama with a personalized No. 15 jersey, a helmet and an autographed football, joking that the Commander-in-Chief must be collecting a full uniform at this point. Obama offered remarks in praise of the Tide’s accomplishments, mentioning Saban, returning quarterback AJ McCarron, outgoing center Barrett Jones and late Alabama athletic director Mal Moore.
Though Saban has been present for all three of his team’s recent White House trips, he said being honored by the president is always a momentous visit. “This is a really special occasion and something you never really get used to, so we really appreciate it,” Saban said.
Obama, who won re-election last fall, said he might see Saban’s crew again before he finishes his second term. “Since I’ll be around for four more football seasons,” Obama said, “I expect I just might see these guys again before I leave.”