The Green Bay Packers will make a brief detour on the way to their Aug. 13 preseason opener in Cleveland.
Yes, they'll make a long-awaited visit to the White House on Aug. 12 to celebrate their Super Bowl XLV championship with President Barack Obama. For one day, at least, Obama will have to subordinate his status as the nation's No. 1 Chicago Bears fan. I'm guessing cornerback Charles Woodson won't let him forget the result of the 2010 NFC Championship Game.
An excerpt from Woodson's post-game speech that day: "President don't want to come watch us play in the Super Bowl? Guess what? Guess what? We'll go see him. White House on three. One, two, three. White House!"
White House visits usually take place during the offseason, but the NFL lockout forced the Packers to delay their trip. As a result, players (and presumably coaches) who have signed with other teams won't be able to join their 2010 teammates in Washington, D.C.
That will no doubt come as a bummer to players like guard Daryn Colledge, who started all 16 games last season but has signed with the Arizona Cardinals. Linebacker Nick Barnett, who finished the season on injured reserve and has since signed with the Buffalo Bills, tweeted: "Unfortunately don't get to go to the white house guess I'll make the trip next year ;-)"