Super Bowl champion Broncos to be honored Monday at White House

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ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- The Super Bowl champion Broncos will be honored by President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony on Monday, the team said Wednesday.

Players, coaches and staff will be on hand for the ceremony to mark the Broncos' third championship and first in 17 years. The Broncos beat the Carolina Panthers, 24-10, on Feb. 7 in Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif.

“This visit will continue the tradition begun by President Obama of honoring sports teams for their efforts to give back to their communities,” the White House said in a news release.

The Broncos said 100 members of the organization will be present for the ceremony, including former quarterback Peyton Manning, who retired in March after four seasons with the team.

Other former players who were on the championship team will also be at the ceremony. One who will not be going is former quarterback Brock Osweiler, who left the team for the Houston Texans as a free agent in the offseason.

Osweiler declined the Broncos' invitation to attend the White House, citing planned organized team activities with the Texans.

Osweiler started the last seven games of the regular season, but he was benched in the second half of the regular-season finale against the San Diego Chargers in favor of Manning. Osweiler did not play in any of the three Broncos playoff games.

Osweiler returns to Denver to face the Broncos in a "Monday Night Football" game on Oct. 24.

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