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Obama Invites 1985 Chicago Bears To White House
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is showing some love for his hometown Chicago Bears.

A White House official says the president is inviting members of the Bears 1985 Super Bowl championship team to the White House on Oct. 7.

Super Bowl champions are traditionally honored with a visit to the White House. But plans for the 1985 Bears to come to Washington were scrapped when the space shuttle Challenger exploded just days after their victory in January 1986.

Obama is an ardent fan of his hometown team. He somewhat begrudgingly hosted the Bears' rival, the Green Bay Packers, at the White House this year after their Super Bowl win.

The official spoke on the condition of anonymity because the event has not officially been announced.

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