For the third straight year, a team from the state of Alabama visited the White House to meet with President Barack Obama and celebrate winning the BCS National Championship.
The Alabama Crimson Tide made the trek to Washington, D.C., on Thursday to meet with the president in a short ceremony in the South Lawn.
Obama and Alabama head coach Nick Saban each spoke briefly to a crowd that Mary Orndorff of The Birmingham News estimated to be around 300. Saban presented Obama with an Alabama helmet and a personalized Alabama jersey.
It's the second time in three years that Alabama has met with the president after winning the national championship.
"I told Coach [Saban] he's making this a habit," Obama joked.
During the ceremony, Obama congratulated the Tide on its perseverance through the tornado outbreak of April 27, 2011 and commended its participation in the recovery efforts. Then he congratulated the team for its ability to come back from the home loss to LSU in November and shut out the Tigers 21-0 in the BCS Championship Game in New Orleans on Jan. 9, 2012.