Obama called Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh and General Manager Ozzie Newsome Tuesday afternoon to congratulate them on the Ravens' win over the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday.
Obama praised the Ravens for "an unbelievable year and for the steadiness the team displayed through the end" according to the White House.
Obama and first lady Michelle Obama were also "moved" by the story of O.J. Brigance, a former Ravens linebacker, who was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's diseases in 2007. Brigance now uses a wheelchair and communicates through a device that translates what he is thinking. Brigance currently serves as senior adviser for player development.
Obama also said he looks forward to congratulating the team in person.