Campaign News
June 08, 2011

National Champion Auburn Tigers Visit White House

Katy Sulhoff   ·  WAKA   ·  Link to Article
National Champion Auburn Tigers Visit White House

Auburn's national championship football team made a special trip to the White House Wednesday to receive a personal congratulations from the President.

A traveling party of about 150 including players of the championship team and their entourage, were in Washington D.C. for a special meet and greet with President Barack Obama.

Heisman Trophy Winner and first pick in the NFL draft, Cam Newton; and 13th NFL draft pick and Lombardi Award winner, Nick Fairley were among the Auburn delegation at the White House.

Alabama Senators Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby and Representative Terri Sewell also attended in support of the Tigers.

President Obama was supposed to meet with the Tigers in April, but canceled because he was touring tornado damage after the April 27th twisters hit Alabama.

Senior Codi Burns presented the President with an Auburn helmet and jersey.

Coach Gene Chizik stood alongside President Obama as he commended the team on an impressive season.

"This team played one of the toughest schedules in all of college football last year. In nine games, they came from behind to win including after being down 24-0 on the road to Alabama," President Obama said.

While the team was in Washington, they visited the Lincoln Memorial and met with area school children.

Follow Terri