Super Bowl champion New England Patriots visit Trump at White House

Posted April 20, 2017

That's nearly certainly true, but it also doesn't change the fact that Martellus Bennett, Devin McCourty, Legarrette Blount, Alan Branch, and a whole bunch of other players weren't there. Quarterback Tom Brady - long said to be Trump's favorite player - skipped out citing "family matters", leading Trump to snub him in his speech.

"Need some help?" Gronk asked Spicer. Five of the men cited political reasons for not attending the White House ceremony, while Hightower, who had previously visited with a championship winning Alabama college football team, said: "Been there, done that".

Not all the team members were on hand to accept personal congratulations from President Donald Trump.

After all it may be understandable if the Patriots have not come to the fact that they won the Super Bowl this season.

Wide Receiver Danny Amendola thanked Trump "for the shout out" and said he had a funeral to attend.

"The Patriots are an incredible organization and this Super Bowl victory was a complete team effort", Trump said, praising the leadership of Coach Bill Belichick and the team's owner Robert Kraft.

Kraft said it was an honor to celebrate what he described as "their sweetest victory" with a good friend like Trump.

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On a more somber note, there was no mention of former Patriots star Aaron Hernandez, a convicted murder who committed suicide and was found hanging in his jail cell Wednesday morning.

"I think I got this", Spicer replied. Tom has previously called Trump a "good friend," but was recently publicly scrutinized for showing support for the 70-year-old in the 2016 election. That includes Brady in 2015.

In reality, the total delegation of people (players plus coaches plus staff) sent to the White House was almost the same in each year.

One player made an impromptu appearance at a White House press before the official ceremony.

Devin McCourty told Time Magazine, "Basic reason for me is I don't feel accepted in the White House".

Still, the lead up to this visit was all about how many Patriots would show and how many wouldn't.

The New England Patriots' much anticipated visit to the White House was met with a lot of scrutiny, but in the end, they were the ones slamming reports that suggested their turnout was drastically smaller than previous years.