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Obama Calls 1985 Chicago Bears ‘Greatest Team In History’

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Head coach Mike Ditka presesnts President Barack Obama with a jersey as the 1985 Super Bowl XX Champions Chicago Bears football team are honored on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Head coach Mike Ditka presesnts President Barack Obama with a jersey as the 1985 Super Bowl XX Champions Chicago Bears football team are honored on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Oct. 7, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — More than a quarter century after the Chicago Bears steam-rolled to the Super Bowl title, President Obama welcomed the team to the White House, calling them the “greatest team in NFL history.”

“This city was brought together by this team,” Obama said. “This team ruled the city, they were like the Beatles.”

SLIDESHOW: ’85 Bears Meet Obama At White House

Quarterback Jim McMahon, lacking his punky hair of 1985, took his seat on the White House lawn wearing his trademark headband.

“Enjoy yourselves, but don’t break anything and keep your eyes on McMahon,” the president joked.

The Bears were visiting the White House 26 years after they defeated New England 46-10 in Super Bowl XX.

Their visit with President Reagan at the White House that year was canceled because of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster that same day.

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