Obama: Ravens QB Flacco could eclipse Biden’s popularity in Delaware

If Vice President Biden is Delaware's most popular son, he might soon get a run for his money, President Obama quipped Wednesday.

At a White House ceremony honoring the Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens, Obama joked to Ravens quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Joe Flacco that if he keeps playing so well, "you are going to challenge Biden for the most popular person from Delaware." Flacco is a University of Delaware graduate.

Flanked by Ravens players and coaches, Obama praised the team's efforts. It's become tradition for champion American professional sports teams to visit the White House.

The president mentioned the team's comebacks last season, and cheered the Ravens for overcoming adversity. He also lauded the team's community service outreach efforts, including donating jerseys to school sports teams.

The president also singled out star linebacker Ray Lewis, who retired after the Ravens Super Bowl win over the San Francisco 49ers.

"Ray retired on top, coming back from a tricep injury, which I believe was caused by that dance he does," Obama said, referring to Lewis's well-known pregame ritual. "No, I am not doing that dance."

Obama, who was presented with an honorary jersey (number 44, naturally) concluded by wishing the Ravens well in the 2013-2014 season -- but with a caveat.

"Best of luck next season," Obama said. "You are going to need it in Week 11 when you go to my hometown of Chicago to play the Bears."

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.

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