"I usually tell a bunch of jokes at these events, but with the Patriots in town I was worried that 11 out of 12 of them would fall flat," Obama quipped.
The joke was met with groans from the players and a thumbs-down sign from Coach
Obama also said Thursday of Deflategate, "That whole story got blown a little out of proportion."
And he also had plenty of praise for the Patriots, who won their fourth Super Bowl despite "huge distraction and media circus."
"The Patriots organization is as good an organization as there's ever been in professional sports," Obama said. "To be able to maintain that kind of consistent excellence is a rare thing in any field, including on the football field. And that's a testament to outstanding ownership. It's a testament to a Hall of Fame coach."