GIANTS' SUPER BOWL TOUR ENDS ON FRIDAY WITH CEREMONY ON SOUTH LAWN OF THE WHITE HOUSE
"They’ve paraded down the Canyon of Heroes, celebrated in their hometowns,
partied at Tiffany and been cheered everywhere they’ve gone. On Friday
afternoon, though, the Giants’ victory tour makes its final and most significant
For the second time in five years, the Giants will be honored by the
President in a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House. It’s a traditional
championship perk that Tom Coughlin called “a
great honor,” and was one of the highlights of his last championship offseason
“We are excited,” Coughlin said. “It’s always something that we look forward
“It’s a great honor to go to the White House, to be invited by the President
of the United States, to have our Super Bowl XLVI and world championship team go
and be in the presence of the President and the historic White House.”
Coughlin’s not overselling its importance either — at least not for him. A
fiercely patriotic man who recently received the Outstanding Civilian Service
Award from the U.S. Army — the third-highest public service honor the Army can
give to a civilian — Coughlin seemed overwhelmed when he and the team met
President Bush at the White House in 2008. He called it “a true privilege” and
beamed from the start of the ceremony until long after its end.
This time, according to the White House, President Obama will not only
celebrate the Giants’ victory in Super Bowl XLVI. He'll “highlight the Giants’
ongoing support to the men and women who serve in the military and their
Before the ceremony, the Giants will meet with a group of Wounded Warriors at
the White House.
When the Giants visited the White House after Super Bowl XLII, they first
stopped at Walter Reed Army Medical Center to visit some of the troops, but they
won’t be able to do that on this trip since that building is now closed.
The trip will be a short one for the Giants. They will take the train down on
Friday morning and return to New York on Friday night. Once they arrive in
Washington, they’ll get a private tour of the White House and the West Wing,
meet with the Wounded Warriors and then be escorted out to the ceremony on the
During the ceremony they’ll present the President with Ahmad Bradshaw’s No.
44 Giants jersey, befitting the 44th President of the United States.
Most of the defending champions are expected to attend, including the
recently re-signed Osi Umenyiora. Even former Giants, such as Mario Manningham,
Brandon Jacobs and Aaron Ross have been invited, although Coughlin wasn’t sure
their schedules would allow them to make the trip.
It’ll be a thrill of a lifetime, though, for any players that do.
“I’m sure that all of our players and all of our organization will be very
excited about going,” Coughlin said. “We will take great memories from our
opportunity to visit with the President.”
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Coughlin will be in attendance at the
144th running of the Belmont Stakes on Saturday, where he will call “riders up”
before the jockeys mount their horses. . . . The Giants will hold a three-day,
full-team, mandatory mini-camp on Tuesday-Thursday."