The president spoke about O.J. Brigance, the former Raven whose battle with ALS has inspired the entire team.
President Obama also had plenty of praise for the duo.
“I just want to say congratulations,” Obama said. “I know it was a bumpy season up and down. For you guys to stay steady the way you did is really a great feat.”
Harbaugh thanked the president.
“I know you know this as much as anybody, but the greatest accomplishments are born of the greatest tribulations and adversity,” Harbaugh said. “Our guys, they kind of proved that.”
“Well you and me, we should try sometimes to do some things easy,” Obama joked. “I’d like to know what it feels like. It’s never happened to me.”
The president even mentioned that bizarre blackout that stopped play for 35 minutes.
“It was really a great game. We’re going to investigate who was behind that whole blackout thing though,” Obama said. “I can only imagine what you were thinking. You were not happy I assume.”
Coach Harbaugh certainly was not.
“There were a lot of theories here in Baltimore, conspiracy theories and things like that,” Harbaugh said. “Thank goodness for a goal-line stand at the end.”
“This afternoon, the President called Head Coach John Harbaugh and General Manager Ozzie Newsome to congratulate them and the Baltimore Ravens on winning Super Bowl XLVII.
“He commended the Ravens on an unbelievable year and for the steadiness the team displayed through the end. The President also expressed how moved he and the First Lady were by the story of O.J. Brigance.
“The President said he looks forward to congratulating the team in person at the White House.”
You can view video of the presidential phone call here and in the video below.