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  • The President: Welcome to the White House.

  • Now, I have to tell you that these guys were out here

  • practicing a little earlier.

  • (laughter)

  • So before we get started, I just need to make sure that

  • we're all set, that they were paying attention.

  • So let me just say: Omaha!

  • Omaha!

  • 44 is Mike!

  • Bags Montana!

  • (laughter)

  • I don't know -- it doesn't seem to work as well for me.

  • (laughter)

  • Let's give it up for the Super Bowl Champion Denver

  • Broncos!

  • (applause)

  • We have some big Broncos fans in the house, including

  • Mayor Hancock from the great city of Denver, outstanding

  • members of Congress, the delegation.

  • I want to recognize Broncos CEO Joe Ellis, a couple of

  • your former quarterbacks, GM John Elway.

  • (applause)

  • Coach Gary Kubiak.

  • (applause)

  • And let's give a big round of applause to

  • Mrs. Annabel Bowlen.

  • (applause)

  • As many of you know, Annabel is here on behalf of the

  • Bowlen family and her husband Pat, the longtime

  • Broncos owner who's inspiring all of us with his

  • courageous fight against Alzheimer's.

  • And it's only fitting that when they won the Super Bowl

  • in February, John declared from the podium: "This one

  • is for Pat!"

  • And I was just -- we were backstage talking, the

  • record that Pat was able to put together -- going to

  • more Super Bowls than losing seasons -- that's

  • pretty remarkable.

  • You're not going to see that duplicated many places and

  • that's a testimony to what an extraordinary owner he

  • has been and continues to be.

  • Pat and Annabel have led this organization for 32

  • successful years -- that rivals just about any other

  • franchise in football.

  • In that time, the Broncos have, as I said earlier,

  • gone time and time again to the Super Bowl, and last

  • year was a high water mark, with a third Super Bowl

  • trophy and a dominating win over Carolina.

  • That doesn't mean it was always pretty --

  • or ever pretty.

  • (laughter)

  • Coach has acknowledged this is a gritty, hard-nosed

  • group of grinders.

  • Last season, the Broncos won an NFL-record 11 games by a

  • touchdown or less.

  • And you don't do that without one of the greatest

  • defenses of all time.

  • (applause)

  • I'm a Bears fan -- 1985 was pretty good --

  • Elway remembers.

  • (laughter)

  • But I've got to admit, this one was pretty good, too.

  • (laughter and applause)

  • It all starts with Super Bowl MVP Von Miller --

  • (applause)

  • -- who terrorized opponents from the edge all season long.

  • In the Super Bowl and the AFC Championship game, he

  • had five sacks, two forced fumbles, an interception.

  • Not bad for a guy who prides himself on his collection

  • of eyeglasses --

  • (laughter)

  • -- and claims to have been a geek all his life.

  • We also saw him on "Dancing with the Stars."

  • I think he's wearing his dance shoes today -- where

  • are they -- they were shiny and impressive.

  • (laughter)

  • Von was not alone.

  • There was his partner on the opposite side,

  • DeMarcus Ware.

  • (applause)

  • You had an extraordinary defensive line, a lockdown

  • secondary.

  • All in all, coordinator Wade Phillips' defense led the

  • league in 19 statistical categories --

  • (applause)

  • -- including total defense, passing defense, and sacks.

  • And down the stretch, they smothered three of the top

  • four offenses in football.

  • And then there was an offense that always seemed

  • to come up big when it needed to.

  • There's running backs C.J.

  • Anderson and Ronnie Hillman.

  • (applause)

  • Receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas.

  • (applause)

  • And we can't forget to mention the heart and soul

  • of this team's offensive firepower --

  • kicker Brandon McManus!

  • (laughter and applause)

  • And then there's this guy from the commercials.

  • (laughter)

  • It doesn't matter whether you need insurance --

  • (laughter)

  • -- pizza --

  • (laughter)

  • -- a Buick --

  • (laughter)

  • -- you basically can stock your whole household with

  • stuff this guy is selling.

  • (laughter)

  • You know where to turn -- it's Peyton Manning!

  • (applause)

  • Where'd Peyton go?

  • There he is.

  • (applause)

  • I have to say, I'm so pleased to be able to host

  • Peyton here at the White House before I left.

  • Anybody who has been a football fan has watched

  • what is one of the greatest Hall of Fame careers ever,

  • racking up more wins, more MVPs, more passing yards,

  • more touchdown passes than anybody in history.

  • The only quarterback to lead two different teams to

  • Super Bowl wins.

  • We were all obviously a little disappointed to see

  • him hang it up this spring.

  • But as somebody who is just a little bit older than he

  • is, I was sympathetic --

  • (laughter)

  • -- to the idea that running around with these guys, it

  • takes its toll.

  • But it is great to see somebody with a career like

  • that, who always conducted himself on the field and off

  • the field the way he did, to be able to go out on top.

  • So please give a big round of applause for

  • Peyton Manning.

  • (applause)

  • Peyton and I were talking back -- and he said, yeah,

  • you should try it, don't overstay your welcome.

  • (laughter)

  • But I've got term limits, so I had no choice -- I can't.

  • (laughter)

  • Of course, this team is far more than a collection

  • of players.

  • The Broncos are a way of life -- not just in

  • Colorado, but throughout the Mountain West.

  • They call it "Broncos Country."

  • Sold out just about every game in Denver since 1970.

  • I've heard how loud that stadium can get -- back in

  • 2008, I gave my convention speech at Mile High.

  • (applause)

  • Thank you for letting me borrow it just for a little bit.

  • I have a feeling it's a little louder after Von

  • sacks Tom Brady.

  • (laughter)

  • But it was pretty loud on that day.

  • And for all the love the fans give to this team, the

  • Broncos gave it right back.

  • In just the last year, players have served the

  • community more than 360 times -- from holding

  • fitness clinics to mentoring young people to honoring

  • our troops.

  • All told, the Broncos have distributed more than $25

  • million to local charities since 1993.

  • (applause)

  • And earlier today, Peyton and the guys spent some time

  • with our wounded warriors.

  • And there's nothing I appreciate more than when

  • outstanding athletes like this take the time to meet

  • with our wounded warriors and are reminded of the fact

  • that as much fun as this is, as great as football is as a

  • part of our lives, it only happens because of the

  • extraordinary sacrifice of our men and women in uniform.

  • So we're very grateful to them for that.

  • (applause)

  • So on and off the field, these guys are champs.

  • Apparently John Elway knows what he's doing.

  • (applause)

  • Coach knows what he's doing, the ownership knows what