White House championship visits over the years

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White House championship visits over the years

For as long as most people can remember, championship sports teams have received invitations to the White House on behalf of whichever U.S. president happened to be in office at the time. But exactly how long has this tradition been around, how many teams have been invited and which ones actually attended? We’ll answer these questions with this gallery, your guide to White House championship visits. 

However, before we get started, it’s worth mentioning that not every team gets an invite and not every team accepts the invitation, for various reasons. Also, some of these ceremonies had only a small number of press photographers present or occurred a long time ago, so photos aren’t available for every meet and greet. 

Also, please note that the dates attached to each team are the year in which the World Series, Super Bowl, Stanley Cup or other championship occurred, and are not necessarily representative of the timing of the regular season.

With the Super Bowl LI champion New England Patriots set to visit on April 19, here is your all-time list of White House-honored champions.

PLAYERS: Red AuerbachBarack ObamaPatrick EwingLarry BirdMagic JohnsonMike DitkaBuddy RyanDwight GoodenGary CarterDarryl StrawberryRon DarlingLenny DykstraJoe MontanaBabe RuthBill ClintonAl GoreMichael JordanBrett FavreJim LeylandJohn ElwayJulie FoudyKristine LillyMia HammBrandi ChastainMike KrzyzewskiDerek JeterAndy PettitteRoger ClemensReggie LoveKobe BryantDerek FisherTom BradyBill BelichickSue BirdSwin CashMike SciosciaDiana TaurasiJosh BeckettJohnny DamonPete CarrollMatt LeinartReggie BushCrystal LanghorneDavid EcksteinMike CommodoreGlen WesleyDavid TyreeEli ManningPaul PierceChris BushChris CheliosJimmy RollinsKatie SmithSean PaytonMichelle ObamaBuster PoseyFreddy SanchezPat BurrellTim LincecumDirk NowitzkiMark CubanTony La RussaAlbert PujolsNick SabanDavid BeckhamLeBron JamesDwyane WadeChris BoshTamika CatchingsEd ReedJohn HarbaughJonny GomesJackie RobinsonBecky HammonBill MurrayDarrelle RevisPeyton ManningSidney CrosbyEvgeni MalkinGeorge W Bush
TEAMS: Denver BroncosNew York YankeesLos Angeles LakersOklahoma City ThunderNew England PatriotsLos Angeles AngelsSeattle SeahawksNew Orleans SaintsMontreal CanadiensNew York GiantsLos Angeles ClippersSan Francisco GiantsDallas MavericksCleveland CavaliersChicago BullsMiami HeatBaltimore RavensPittsburgh PenguinsBoston CelticsMiami DolphinsWashington RedskinsChicago BearsBoston Red SoxAtlanta BravesDallas CowboysHouston RocketsDetroit Red WingsColorado AvalanchePhiladelphia FlyersD.C. UnitedWashington CapitalsDallas StarsTexas RangersArizona DiamondbacksIndiana PacersDetroit PistonsChicago White SoxHouston AstrosPittsburgh SteelersCarolina HurricanesHouston DynamoIndianapolis ColtsAnaheim DucksColorado RockiesPhoenix MercuryPhiladelphia PhilliesColumbus Crew SCOrlando MagicIndiana FeverChicago BlackhawksColorado RapidsFC DallasSeattle StormBoston BruinsVancouver CanucksMinnesota LynxAtlanta DreamLA GalaxyChicago SkyGolden State WarriorsCarolina PanthersChicago CubsNew York MetsToronto Blue JaysNew Jersey DevilsGreen Bay PackersSan Antonio SpursLos Angeles SparksSt. Louis CardinalsReal Salt LakeLos Angeles KingsSporting KCKansas City RoyalsMichigan State SpartansDuke Blue DevilsWisconsin BadgersSavannah State TigersAlabama Crimson TidePittsburgh Panthers
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SB I-GB
Bart Starr
SB II-GB
Bart Starr
SB III-NYJ
Joe Namath
SB IV-KC
Len Dawson
SB V-DAL
Chuck Howley
SB VI-DAL
Roger Staubach
SB VII-MIA
Jake Scott
SB VIII-MIA
Larry Csonka
SB IX-PIT
Franco Harris
SB X-PIT
Lynn Swann
SB XI-OAK
Fred Biletnikoff
SB XII-DAL
Harvey Martin/Randy White
SB XIII-PIT
Terry Bradshaw
SB XIV-PIT
Terry Bradshaw
SB XV-OAK
Jim Plunkett
SB XVI-SF
Joe Montana
SB XVII-WAS
John Riggins
SB XVIII-LA
Marcus Allen
SB XIX-SF
Joe Montana
SB XX-CHI
Richard Dent
SB XXI-NYG
Phil Simms
SB XXII-WAS
Doug Williams
SB XXIII-SF
Jerry Rice
SB XXIV-SF
Joe Montana
SB XXV-NYG
Ottis Anderson
SB XXVI-WAS
Mark Rypien
SB XXVII-DAL
Troy Aikman
SB XXVIII-DAL
Emmitt Smith
SB XXIX-SF
Steve Young
SB XXX-DAL
Larry Brown
SB XXXI-GB
Desmond Howard
SB XXXII-DEN
Terrell Davis
SB XXXIII-DEN
John Elway
SB XXXIV-STL
Kurt Warner
SB XXXV-BAL
Ray Lewis
SB XXXVI-NE
Tom Brady
SB XXXVII-TB
Dexter Jackson
SB XXXVIII-NE
Tom Brady
SB XXXIX-NE
Deion Branch
SB XL-PIT
Hines Ward
SB XLI-IND
Peyton Manning
SB XLII-NYG
Eli Manning
SB XLIII-PIT
Santonio Holmes
SB XLIV-NO
Drew Brees
SB XLV-GB
Aaron Rodgers
SB XLVI-NYG
Eli Manning
SB XLVII-BAL
Joe Flacco
SB XLVIII-SEA
Malcolm Smith
SB XLIX-NE
Tom Brady
SB 50-DEN
Von Miller
SB LI-NE
Tom Brady
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