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President Obama honored the Super Bowl champs on Monday, creating another moment from a surreal season.

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Good morning, Broncos Country!

There are specific moments that get frozen in time. When you think back on the 2015-16 season for the Denver Broncos, some rise to the top. Not all of them are positive, but we won't dampen this party.

The fumble recovery against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The overtime win in the snow against the New England Patriots.

John Elway lifting the Lombardi Trophy and saying, "This one's for Pat."

Von Miller has his own collection - sacking (twice) and intercepting Tom Brady, and sacking and forcing a fumble of Cam Newton (twice).

Wade Phillips when he said, "And we got to see Lady Gaga."

Peyton Manning holding the Lombardi Trophy with a look of accomplishment, relief and euphoria.

The Super Bowl parade.

Another memory got added on Monday when the Broncos were honored by President Barack Obama at the White House. The celebration and speech didn't last but a few minutes, but it was awesome to see it.

It was more proof that, yes, Denver did win the Super Bowl.

The respect paid to Pat Bowlen and Obama saying, "The Broncos are a way of life" were the highlights for me. But just like the parade and rally, Phillips not getting the mic in moments like that boggles my mind. His witty quips would have been perfect for that situation. But I digress.

It was a pleasure to see the team get that recognition and have the President call the defense one of the best ever.

Obama made a few attempts at humor, but this joke was the best: "We can't forget the heart and soul of this team's offensive firepower, kicker Brandon McManus." When you stop to think about it, Obama was right. Without McManus, the Broncos might not have won the Super Bowl.

And anytime you get to see Manning with the organization, it's a treat. The fact it all came together for him and the team still gives me goosebumps.

But it went beyond just the speech.

The other cool aspect of the celebration was how Phillips captured it on Twitter. Heck, how the players and coaches captured the moment with pictures from the White House tour gave us a glimpse into a special and unforgettable moment.

This was one of the few instances I was glad social media was around. To feel part of the whole visit was surreal.

Come to think of it, that's the best way to describe the season and all that we witnessed. From the opener against the Baltimore Ravens to the White House, we were given moments in which we had to pinch ourselves to make sure that, yes, they really happened.

Even now, four months after Denver won the Super Bowl, some may still have to pinch themselves.

It was a magical ride.

And it's still not over.

When the Broncos get their rings in the next few weeks, it will serve as the capper to a surreal season Broncos Country will remember forever.

Von Miller Contract Update

The bit of "news" out of the White House visit was Miller telling the press after the celebration that there's  "a lot of progress" toward a long-term deal with the Broncos.

While there has been movement to that deal and it's great to hear, don't expect to see Miller at the start of minicamp today.

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