The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks take the field in New
Jersey on Sunday to decide the National Football League
championship. The Broncos are slight favorites.
In a CNN interview taped on Thursday for Friday release, Obama
declined to take sides.
"I think it's going to come down to the last play and I think in the
end of the day — I'm not going to pick because I don't want to
offend any of the great cities participating," he said.
Seahawks' star cornerback Richard Sherman has come under fire from
football fans for a televised rant after he made the key play in
sealing Seattle's narrow victory over the San Francisco 49ers two
weeks ago to get the Seahawks into the matchup against Denver.
Stanford-educated Sherman rose up from humble beginnings in
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"He's a great cornerback who made a great play and won the game for
the Seahawks," said Obama, who added that Sherman had probably found
"a good way to get attention," much like the trash talking that
Muhammad Ali used to do as a champion boxer in his prime.
Pressed by CNN anchor Jake Tapper on who he thought would win, Obama
"Come on man, I love the state of Washington and I love the state of
Colorado," he said.
(Reporting by Steve Holland; editing by Eric Beech)
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