Remarks by the President Congratulating the Super Bowl XLVI Champion New York Giants
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
3:09 P.M. EDT
THE PRESIDENT: Hello, everybody! (Applause.) Everybody, please have a seat. Welcome to the White House, and congratulations to the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants. (Applause.)
We’ve got some members of Congress and members of my administration who are here today and rabid Giants fans. I want to also recognize the Maras and the Tischs, as well as, of course, head coach Tom Coughlin and general manager Jerry Reese. They have built this team into one of the NFL’s most outstanding franchises. So we are very proud of them. (Applause.)
Now, I know for some of you, this is just “welcome back.” (Laughter). You guys have been through this drill before. The last time the Giants were here was in 2008. A lot of folks thought that team didn’t have a chance to win a Super Bowl. They ended up winning with a circus catch in the fourth quarter, MVP performance by Eli Manning — (applause) — a come-from-behind win over the Patriots. So this is all starting to sound kind of like déjà vu all over again.
But every season is different, and last year’s Giants were obviously a special bunch, not just because of where they ended up, but because of how they got there. Every team has to deal with injuries to the players. Not many teams have to deal with a late hit on the head coach. (Laughter.) You saw that Jets game.
Now, Coach Coughlin reminds everybody, he did not go down. That’s a tough guy. And you can see that toughness reflected in everybody else on this team. The Giants took a whole bunch of hits this season, but they never went down. From day one, they followed a simple motto: Finish. Finish the play. Finish the game. Finish the season.
And after week 15, sitting at 7-7, they knew that every game was a playoff game. But the players, the coaches, the staff, the owners — they didn’t quit. They believed in each other.
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