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Lovie Smith Endorses Obama: Bears Coach Voices Support For President's Reelection Bid (VIDEO)

03/07/2012 04:35 pm ET | Updated Mar 08, 2012

Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith is hoping for an off-the-field victory with a video he posted this week.

"I'm pleased with where we are now," Smith says in the video (above). "The President has done so much -- health care, in the Iraq war, new jobs."

The post on the President's website ties Smith's endorsement to African Americans for Obama, a faction within Obama's reelection team.

Smith specifically highlights Obama's actions that have had a positive impact on the black community in his video.

"I have the President's back," Smith says in the video. "It's up to us as African Americans to show that we have his back also."

Not all Chicago Bears coaches have had Obama's back, however. In 2004, legendary Chicago Bears Coach Mike Ditka considered running as a Republican against Obama for Senate. He ultimately decided not to run, and Obama won the race.

This connection between Obama and Chicago sports teams is far from the first; the President has famously rooted for his beloved Bears even while congratulating other Superbowl-winning teams, and just recently promised that the Chicago Bulls would "come through" with a championship win while he's in the White House.

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