Packers all set to pay Obama a visit

The NFL lockout that lasted more than four months prevented the Green Bay Packers for getting together for anything more than the Super Bowl ring ceremony held at Lambeau Field.

Now, the champions will pay a visit to the White House. Barack Obama will host the Packers on Friday, Aug. 12, to celebrate their victory in Super Bowl XLV, the team announced today.

“I’m really excited that we were able to find a date to visit the White House,” Packers president Mark Murphy said in a statement released by the team. “The labor situation this spring made it a little challenging for us to set up a visit, but I think it is going to work out great. We’re very appreciative that President Obama invited us, and I’m thrilled that our players and coaches will get to enjoy this unique opportunity.”

The Packers will then play the Cleveland Browns in their preseason opener on Aug. 13. That game will be played in Cleveland.

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