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Obama congratulates Alabama coach on championship

Monday - 4/15/2013, 5:32pm  ET

President Barack Obama holds up the Alabama Crimson Tide football jersey that he was presented after welcoming the BCS National Champion University of Alabama Crimson Tide football team to the White House to honor their 15th championship and their 2012-2013 season, Monday, April 15, 2013, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Obama is flanked by head football coach Nick Saban, left, and quarterback A.J. McCarron, right. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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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