April 19th, 2012
04:13 PM ET
President Obama welcomed the Alabama Crimson Tide football team to the South Lawn on Thursday to congratulate the program on its 2011 BCS National Championship.
This is the second time in three years that Alabama Coach Nick Saban has brought his team to the White House, and given the team’s recent success Obama ended his remarks by saying, “who knows, maybe I’ll see you again.”
As is customary, Saban and his players presented the president with an Alabama football jersey, but this time the team also gave the president a helmet.
“We certainly don’t want to be responsible for any head injuries that the president might have,” Saban joked.
After accepting the gifts, Obama looked down at Alabama Republican Sen. Richard Shelby who was seated in the front row and replied with a smile, “I was mentioning yesterday, I’m probably going to need a helmet between now and November. What do you think Shelby?”