Alabama honored at White House

Updated: April 15, 2013, 5:24 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama honored the Alabama football team for winning the BCS championship saying the Crimson Tide "kept on rising to the occasion and they never let up."

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AP Photo/Manuel Balce CenetaAlabama head coach Nick Saban, left, and quarterback AJ McCarron, right, presented President Barack Obama with another Crimson Tide jersey Monday at the White House.

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 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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