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Obama Presents Navy With Football Trophy, Again

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President Barack Obama holds a jersey given to him by the Naval Academy football team during the presentation of the Commander-in-Chief Trophy at the White House in Washington D.C, on April 18, 2014.  The trophy is given annually to the winner of the three-way football series among the Army, Navy and Air Force service academies. (Photo credit: CHRIS KLEPONIS/AFP/Getty Images)

President Barack Obama holds a jersey given to him by the Naval Academy football team during the presentation of the Commander-in-Chief Trophy at the White House in Washington D.C, on April 18, 2014. The trophy is given annually to the winner of the three-way football series among the Army, Navy and Air Force service academies. (Photo credit: CHRIS KLEPONIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama says the Navy football team not only had to overcome tough opponents to win the Commander-in-Chief trophy this year but a government shutdown as well.

The military service academies had to suspend some sporting events last fall amid budget fights in Washington. But Obama says Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel intervened to make sure Navy’s match against Air Force would go on. The midshipmen won that game and later defeated Army to win the three-way race for the trophy for the ninth time in 11 years.

Obama joked as he accepted his commemorative jersey that he’s going to have enough to dress a whole team.

Obama says that even more impressive than their football record is the Navy team’s commitment to its country.

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