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Green Bay Packers visit the White House (Video)

Look out, Washington. The Packers are here. (Morry Gash/AP)

Last January after the Green Bay Packers knocked their NFC North rival Chicago Bears out of the playoffs, cornerback Charles Woodson sent a gift to President Barack Obama.

It was Woodson’s No. 21 Packers jersey, presented to the president by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Green Bay Mayor James Schmitt, and adorned with Woodson’s signature and the message: “See you at the White House... Go Packers!”

On Friday, Woodson’s foresight comes to fruition as the Super Bowl champions pay their customary visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

Obama said he would attend the Super Bowl should his hometown Bears advance, but after the Packers defeated the Bears 21-14 in the NFC title game, Woodson reminded his teammates of the president’s promise.

“The president don’t want to come watch us (at) the Super Bowl? Guess what? We’re gonna see him.”

If enigmatic closer Brian Wilson was the player to keep an eye on during the World Series champion San Francisco Giants visit to the White House, Woodson is the man to watch today. It’s a safe bet he’ll share a few words with Obama, who will have to accept another green and gold jersey.

Ryan Grant snapped a photo of a few dapper dressed teammates inside.

You guys look excited lol RT @GregJennings: Me @HighRizer38 & @AaronRodgers12 in the Vameil room at the White House than a minute ago via Echofon Favorite Retweet ReplyRyan Grant

Packers tight end Tom Crabtree has been tweeting like crazy all day, posting numerous photos from the visit — including this one of several dead insects somewhere in the building.

Tom Crabtree: tight end in season, super sleuth in the offseason.

I knew there was something bigger going on here! Innocent flies are being killed! #whitehouse than a minute ago via Twitter for Android Favorite Retweet ReplyTom Crabtree

Sadly, Crabtree forgot to remind linebacker Desmond Bishop to take his ID off the plane. Bishop tweeted that he forgot his ID and therefore was not allowed onto the White House grounds for the visit.

Just found some extra motivation tweeples. I forgot my id on plane so won’t get access to see @barackobama .. This time! But next year ;)less than a minute ago via Twitter for iPhone Favorite Retweet ReplyDesmond bishop

Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.


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