WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Super Bowl champions Seattle Seahawks met President Barack Obama at the White House Wednesday to be honored for their NFL championship.
The players and coaches arrived late Tuesday night.
They gathered with several invited guests, including Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, in the East Room at 11 a.m. Pacific.
While expectations were high for the meeting with the president, a few of the guys said they had "special plans."
"To be honest with you, I'm going to try to steal a napkin or something with the White House logo or something, but hope the Secret Service doesn't get mad at me," said receiver Doug Baldwin.
"I know (the president is) a big fan of sports so I think it's pretty cool. I'm pretty sure he knows all the stats. But I'm more excited to meet Michelle than Barack," said defensive lineman Michael Bennett.
Baldwin later tweeted from the White House a photo of the emblazoned napkins that said, "Found the napkins!"
More than 60 players wearing suits and ties were on risers to be honored by the President.
President Obama made some jokes -- at one point saying they thought about letting Richard Sherman take the mic, but there wasn't enough time.
But he was serious too: Commending the Hawks for their hard work, perseverance and more than anything, their tenacity, as a bunch of late round picks and underdogs.
After the remarks, Sherman handed the President a 12th Man flag and they all took a picture marking the day.
The Seahawks clinched their first Super Bowl victory in the history of the franchise in February by beating the Denver Broncos 43-8.