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WASHINGTON — The Denver Broncos are headed to the White House later this year to take a victory lap at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
President Barack Obama extended the invitation to Coach Gary Kubiak and linebacker DeMarcus Ware in a phone call Tuesday.
In a tweet afterward, Obama congratulated the team for its 24-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers, and he highlighted the play of quarterback Peyton Manning and linebacker Von Miller.
"Congrats to Peyton, Von Miller, and that monster @Broncos defense — see you at the White House!" Obama wrote.
The timing of the visit is still under negotiation between the Broncos and the administration, but it might be a while if one recent trip is any indication.
The Golden State Warriors won the NBA championship in June, but the team didn't get a chance to party at the White House until Feb. 4 — more than seven months later.
As with similar visits by championship squads, the Golden State celebration was attended by Obama, team officials and lawmakers from the winning state.
At the event, Obama gave a nod to high-ranking congressional Californians Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, and Kevin McCarthy, a Republican — "so this is bipartisan," he said.
Obama also ribbed the West Coast team while giving a nod to his own Chicago roots and Warriors Coach Steve Kerr.
"Now, it is rare to be in the presence of guys from the greatest team in NBA history. So we're pretty lucky today, because we've got one of those players in the house — Steve Kerr from the 1995-'96 Chicago Bulls!" Obama said.