The New England Patriots celebrated their Super Bowl XLIX championship on Thursday when they visited President Barack Obama at The White House.
The ceremony celebrated the Patriots sustained success over the past decade and the team presented the president with a jersey, game ball and an autographed helmet.
Rob Ninkovich, LB, Patriots, enjoyed his first trip to The White House as a Super Bowl champion and even got a shout out from President Obama.
“But this team came out on top not just because of big stars, but because of guys who aren’t necessarily household names. Jamie Collins. Shane Vereen. Rob Ninkovich.” Said Obama. “There’s “the Patriot Way” –- a group that values teamwork and hard work above all else, which is why these guys are able to shine even if the spotlight is not on them. And it works.”
Ninkovich reflects, “I couldn’t believe The President of the United States said my name. That’s cool!”
In addition to meeting the president, the Patriots received a private tour of the White House. “I can’t believe I’m sitting in the White House in the blue room, as if I own it.” He then smiles and continues, “I guess I do. I pay taxes.”
The New England Patriots will unveil their Super Bowl XLIX Championship banner when they open the NFL regular season against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday, September 10th.
To commemorate the Patriots’ Super Bowl Win, Rob commissioned this t-shirt. Click on the image to visit Rob’s online shop.
Click here to watch the ceremony in its entirety from Patriots.com.
Click here to read to full transcript from President Obama.