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Super Bowl Champs to Meet President Obama

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    In one of the most dramatic plays of the evening, Tracy Porter of the New Orleans Saints intercepted a ball thrown by Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts and returned it for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

    The New Orleans Saints took a break from training camp today for a little field trip to Washington. They met a special guest during their trip: President Obama.

    The defending Super Bowl champions were greeted by the president at the White House this morning. The visit was more than just a photo op, though. The team and Obama will film a public service announcement, encouraging young pepole to get out and play for 60 minutes a day. It’s part of the NFL Play 60 campaign.

    President Obama addressed the Saints and acknowelged why their Super Bowl victory was especially sweet:

    "Look, I'm a Bears fan. I'm not going to lie. But this was a big win for the country -- not just for New Orleans -- because five years ago, this team played its entire season on the road. It didn't have a home field. The Superdome had been ruined by Hurricane Katrina. The heartbreaking tragedies that unfolded there when it was used as a shelter from that terrible storm lingered all too fresh in a lot of people's minds."

    The Saints were also expected to meet with wounded warriors and their families today at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.


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