Obama hosts Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks at White House

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama congratulated the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks on Wednesday, saluting their victories on the field and their contributions to their community.

Noting that some football analysts didn't see Seattle as a top-tier team, Obama said he especially appreciated the team overcoming long odds.

"As a guy who was elected president named Barack Obama, I root for the underdog," the president joked.
— Associated Press

Members of the XLVIII Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks listen to U.S. President Obama in the East Room of the White House in Washington

Members of the XLVIII Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks listen to U.S. President Barack Obama as they are honored in the East Room of the White House in Washington May 21, 2014. REUTERS/Larry Downing (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS SPORT FOOTBALL)

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., left, takes a photo of President Barack Obama following a ceremony the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 21, 2014, where the president honored the NFL Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks football team. The Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash. is at right

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., left, takes a photo of President Barack Obama following a ceremony the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 21, 2014, where the president honored the NFL Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks football team. The Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash. is at right. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

President Barack Obama waves to members of the NFL Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks football team after welcoming the team to the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 21, 2014. The Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII

President Barack Obama waves to members of the NFL Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks football team after welcoming the team to the East Room of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, May 21, 2014. The Seahawks defeated the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)