TCU celebrates Rose Bowl win in Fort Worth

Gary Patterson thanks fans at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on Sunday celebrating TCU's Rose Bowl win. Travis L. Brown/ESPNDallas.com

Thousands gathered in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum on the campus of TCU on Sunday to shower their praises on the 2011 Rose Bowl Champions.

On hand to speak to the team, coaches and fans were Fort Worth mayor Mike Moncrief, TCU chancellor Victor Boschini as well as representatives from the state congress and the Rose Bowl.

The state congress invited the team to travel to Austin to be formally recognized in the capitol building in the near future.

Offensive and defensive standouts from the team addressed the crowd, including the two MVPs of the Rose Bowl, quarterback Andy Dalton and linebacker Tank Carder.

"It means a lot, especially with the turnout we had and all the fans," Carder said. "Especially all the fans that came out to the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. I mean, it's just great to be a part of it and all the support that we are getting. I can't even explain the gratitude and the feeling it has given me."