Every year, the U.S. service academies play in a triangle series against each other and the winner of that series is presented the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy.
"You beat Air Force, you beat Army, and lugged this 170-pound trophy back to Annapolis," Obama said.
Navy has won 19 of its last 21 games against the other service academies. This was the Naval Academy's eighth visit to the White House in 10 years. "Michelle and I were thinking about just leaving the key under the rug," Obama joked.
Navy finished the season 8-5, earning a ninth bowl bid in 10 years.
"But at Navy, obviously it's not just about the wins. It's about how you win. This year, your team motto was INAM, which is short for 'It's Not About Me.' And that ethic of teamwork and discipline and unselfishness was led by your captains, Bo Snelson and Brye French, and it ran through your entire season," Obama said. "All season long you kept your priorities in line, your mission in focus."