Packers hope to salvage White House trip
Monday, July 25, 2011
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Now that the NFL's labor dispute has come to an end, the Green Bay Packers still hope to find a way to celebrate their Super Bowl victory at the White House.
They're working against a tight timeframe.
Speaking to reporters in Green Bay, Packers president and CEO Mark Murphy says a trip to Washington wouldn't be practical during the regular season but the team is working with White House officials to schedule it in August.
That will be a challenge, given that coaches have to pack extra preparation time into training camp after offseason practice sessions were lost to the lockout.
Murphy says he wants to see President Barack Obama shake hands with Packers cornerback Charles Woodson. After the Packers beat Obama's Chicago Bears in the NFC Championship game, Woodson jokingly chided Obama for not publicly supporting the Packers in the Super Bowl.