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President Barack Obama welcomed the Alabama football team to the White House Thursday, hailing the Crimson Tide for overcoming adversity off the field en route to a BCS Championship. Obama praised the team for not only coming together last spring after the Tuscaloosa area was devastated by severe storms, but also following the tragic loss of a teammate just weeks later. "The storm took the lives of 248 people, including six students. And it touched this team personally," Obama said. "Long snapper Carson Tinker's girlfriend lost her life in the storm. And a few weeks later, there was fresh grief for Aaron Douglas, an offensive lineman who passed away. "So this became a team in every sense of the word." Alabama finished the season atop the college football standings after beating conference rival LSU 21-0 in the BCS title game in New Orleans. The victory avenged Alabama's only loss on the season, following an overtime defeat to the Tigers in early November. The BCS title was Ala...
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