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The Fridge, Jim McMahon, Mike Ditka Will Finally Party In The White House

It is a time-honored tradition that teams that win championships are invited to the White House to meet the President.

After the Chicago Bears defeated the New England Patriots, 46-10, in Super Bowl XX, the team was scheduled to go to Washington to meet with then-President Ronald Reagan.

Unfortunately, two days after the win, the Challenger Space Shuttle exploded soon after takeoff, which led to the canceling or postponing of many national events.

But now, the Bears, who were lead by coach Mike Ditka, quarterback Jim McMahon, William “The Refrigerator” Perry, Richard Dent (named MVP) and Walter Peyton (who passed  away in 1999), will have their moment in the White House.

President Barack Obama, who is a well-known supporter of Chicago sports, has invited the Super Bowl XX championship team for a meet-and-greet on Oct. 7, according to David Kaplan of Comcast Sports Network.

All of the players and coaches still alive have been invited, and most are expected to attend.

The Bears went 15-1 during the 1985 season en route to the Super Bowl, played on Jan. 26, 1986. More than 78,000 people attended the game played at the Louisiana Superdome.

Several members of the team became national celebrities when they filmed “The Super Bowl Shuffle,” which aired on MTV and other networks in the pre-YouTube days.

No word on whether the President will ask for a rendition of the Shuffle or whether the White House will also invite Wynton Marsalis, who performed the National Anthem, or Up With People, which performed at the halftime show.

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