President Barack Obama congratulated the Air Force Academy football team for winning the Commander in Chief trophy Monday.
Obama presented the trophy during a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden, noting that the Falcons will be taking it home to Colorado Springs, Colo., for the first time in eight years. According to a transcript provided by the White House, Obama told the team:
"Until this year, no one on this team knew what it felt like to beat Army, to beat Navy, to visit the White House, and to earn football bragging rights over the other branches. Now you know the feeling. They also know what it feels like not just to be a good service academy team, but to be a good team, period. Put up 350 rushing yards against Oklahoma. Finished 9-4 after what Coach Calhoun called the toughest schedule a service academy ever played. And to cap it all off, to win in a bowl game against Georgia Tech. That's impressive. Georgia Tech has three times as many students."
The trophy goes to the winner of a three-way season series between the major service academies. The Falcons defeated the Army and Navy teams last season. They last won the trophy in 2002.