Obama welcomes BCS champions Auburn to White House

June 8, 2011 - 3:59 PM
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President Barack Obama receives and Auburn University football jersey and helmet during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, June 8, 2011, honoring the 2010 NCAA BCS Football Champion football team. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is reminding Alabamans of a reason to celebrate: Auburn University's championship football team.

The Tigers visited the White House on Wednesday and Obama congratulated the players for their work both on the field and in the community.

Auburn was set to visit the White House in late April, but the trip was postponed so Obama could fly to Alabama to survey tornado damage.

Obama said it was heartbreaking to see the destruction from the tornadoes. But he said he was inspired by the strength and generosity of Alabamans. He said more than 70 Auburn coaches, players and staff pitched in to help with relief efforts.

Undefeated Auburn beat Oregon 22-19 in the BCS 2010 title game in January.