President Obama calls Rick Pitino to congratulate the champs, says he is ‘proud’ of Kevin Ware

Louisville Cardinals injured guard Kevin Ware cuts down the net after Louisville won the championship game in the 2013 NCAA mens Final Four against the Michigan Wolverines at the Georgia Dome. Louisville Cardinals won 82-76. (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)

Louisville Cardinals injured guard Kevin Ware cuts down the net after Louisville won the championship game in the 2013 NCAA mens Final Four against the Michigan Wolverines at the Georgia Dome. Louisville Cardinals won 82-76. (Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports)

The news of one man’s broken leg was so powerful that it reached all the way to the White House.

According to USA Today, after Louisville’s big win over Michigan to take home the 2013 National Championship, President Obama personally rang up coach Rick Pitino.

First and foremost, Obama praised the team’s efforts in winning the school’s third national title. He then praised Pitino for earning a spot in the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame’s 2013 class, along with such legends of the game as Gary Payton and Jerry Tarkanian.

Finally, he paid personal respect to the one and only Kevin Ware by stating that he was “proud” of the young man. The sophomore guard served as a rallying cry for the team’s final push to the title after suffering a compound fracture in the team’s Elite Eight beating of Duke.

Obama also took the time to call Geno Auriemma, whose UConn women’s team beat Louisville (yes, the Cardinals had “2 Teams” playing for a national title) for Auriemma’s eighth career national title.

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