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Full Remarks: Coach Saban thanks President Obama

COACH SABAN:  On behalf of the entire Crimson Tide Nation, we would like to make Mr. President Obama here a part of our team, for not only the support and opportunity that he's given our team to be here today and to congratulate and honor them, but also the support that you offered and your leadership offered our community in a very difficult time last year with the tragedy of our tornado. 

It takes a lot of teamwork.  It takes a lot of hard work.  It takes a lot of perseverance, certainly a lot of positive energy and attitude to be successful, and a lot of people with a lot of discipline and responsibility to be accountable to do what they're supposed to do -- probably some of the things that our country tries to do, as well. 

And we just want our President to be a part of our team, and would like to present you -- Barrett Jones will present you a game jersey. 

THE PRESIDENT:  Now, that's a nice-looking jersey right there.  (Laughter and applause.) 

COACH SABAN:  From the 2011 national champs.  (Applause.)  We would also like to give you a helmet over here.  We certainly don't want to be responsible for any head injuries that the President might have.  (Laughter.) 

THE PRESIDENT:  I was mentioning yesterday, I'm probably going to need a helmet between now and November.  What do you think, Shelby?  (Laughter.)  Huh?  All right. 

COACH SABAN:  Well, good.  Well, we really --  

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you so much.

COACH SABAN:  We really appreciate the opportunity, and thank you for your time to honor our team.  Thank you very much. 

THE PRESIDENT:  Coach, I appreciate you. 

INFORMATION SOURCE: The White House

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