WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden said the Kansas City Chiefs are “building a dynasty” as he welcomed the team to the White House on Monday to mark their Super Bowl victory in February.
Speaking on the South Lawn, Biden praised the team for playing with “true joy of the game and love for each other and the great city you represent.” He also praised the team for their charitable work off the pitch, saying: “As these guys know football, they know life and how to use their platform to make a difference.”
Biden joked that ‘rabid’ Philadelphia fan first lady Jill Biden still isn’t above the game’s dramatic ending, which included a controversial penalty against the Eagles that set the Chiefs up for their winning basket. The president added, “I have to be careful what I say today,” even though his wife was overseas.
Biden led the crowd in a moment of silence to mark the Sunday death of Norma Hunt, wife of late team founder Lamar Hunt, saying he was sending “our condolences to the entire Hunt family.”
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the game’s most valuable player, and tight end Travis Kelce presented Biden with a personalized Kansas City Chiefs jersey before posing for a team photo with the president.
Prior to the ceremony, the team was treated to a tour of the White House.