The spoils of a Super Bowl victory continue to pour out over the Giants.
Tomorrow they’ll be going to the White House after accepting an invitation from President Barack Obama.
“We are excited,” Tom Coughlin said earlier this week. “It is always something that we look forward to. It is 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. And I’m sure that all of our players and all of our organization will be very excited about going. We will take great memories from our opportunity to visit with the President.”
Coughlin said he wasn’t sure if some of the former Giants players who have since moved on to other teams will attend.
“They are certainly invited,” Coughlin said. “But as you know this new structure has a limited amount of time to get this field work in. So it would be very difficult, I think, for some of them to make it. But perhaps we will be surprised.”
Dave Tollefson, who came for the ring ceremony in Manhattan last month, said he would not attend the White House celebration in order to stay and work with his new team, the Raiders. It seems unlikely that Mario Manningham and Brandon Jacobs, who skipped the ring ceremony to stay and work with the 49ers, will come across the country for the event. But, as Coughlin said, perhaps there will be a surprise or two. Some players who aren’t all that busy – like Kareem McKenzie and Deon Grant – may show up. And, of course, there seems to be little reason for Osi Umenyiora to boycott the event now that he has his new deal.
The President, by the way, will “highlight the Giants’ ongoing support to the men and women who serve in the military and their families” according to the press release from the White House.
That’s not the only event for some Giants, though. The weekend will be filled with bouquets of appreciation as Coughlin will call “Riders up!” at the 144th Belmont Stakes on Saturday afternoon. Then on Sunday at the Puerto Rican Day Parade in Manhattan, Victor Cruz will be riding on a float.
Cruz has already gotten Madonna to imitate his salsa dance. Can he get Obama to do it too?