Alabama football team visits White House in celebration of 2017 championship

11 April, 2018, 08:06 | Author: Dustin Murphy
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Earlier this year, the Golden State Warriors chose to pass on their invitation, opting to visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture to celebrate their 2017 NBA Finals win.

Members of recent champions like the Golden State Warriors and the Philadelphia Eagles made a decision to skip out on the visit because of the actions of the current president, Donald Trump.

That won't be the case for Alabama. Now, the team returns to Washington to celebrate its remarkable fifth championship in the past nine seasons.

When asked if any players Alabama planned not to go to the White House, Harris said "everybody" would be going. "That was basically the extent of that". The Crimson Tide will fly to Washington, D.C. during a day off from spring practice. However, this will be his first visit since Trump took office. "It's called 'The Process.' Coach tells his players 'don't look at the scoreboard, don't look at any external factors, just focus on your efforts, on your toughness and all your discipline on executing each play, one play at a time".

"There's a lot of young guys that haven't been able to make that trip yet", senior running back Damien Harris said. "Obviously all the older guys have been there, and we're looking forward to going back again".


Not all of Alabama's players will make the trip.

"I won't be going because I've got a grandma's funeral that I'll be going to", Lewis said.

It's not all partying for Alabama in D.C., though. "It's definitely an honor". "So I think I'm just excited about getting that and being able to show family and future children or whatever that 'hey, I went to the White House this time and shook the president's hand.' It's just something special I'll cherish for a while". "It's mainly for the honor of being at the White House".

Alabama won the title with a stunning comeback victory over SEC rival Georgia in January. "A team that is being honored here due to their achievements in terms of winning the college football national championship, which makes me very proud".

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