Pats celebrate Super Bowl win at White House

20 April, 2017, 08:32 | Author: Benny Bass
  • Pats celebrate Super Bowl win at White House

It's not uncommon for just a few representatives from Super Bowl championship teams to make the ceremonial trip to the White House. "You've achieved it five times", Trump said, then referencing Belichick's "no days off" chant from the victory parade in Boston and saying it applies to his job, as well.

"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.

Although daily briefings with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer occasionally end in fireworks, the Naval Reserve officer has earned a reputation for thinking on his feet and for running a tight ship.

The White House celebrations were overshadowed by the suicide of the Patriots former star Aaron Hernandez, who hanged himself on Wednesday in a prison cell where he was serving a life sentence for murder, prison officials said.

Tom Brady isn't visiting the White House with the New England Patriots on Wednesday, April 19th.

Kraft was one of at least seven National Football League team owners who gave $1 million each to Trump's inaugural committee, a new fundraising report shows.

Noting "pundits" had given the Patriots up for dead in February's Super Bowl against the Atlanta Falcons, only to watch them clinch a last-minute victory, Trump quipped: "Good old pundits, boy, they are wrong a lot, aren't they?"

"I am so happy and excited that our team is being honored at the White House today", Brady said in a statement provided by the team to CNN.

"I think I got this, but thank you ... maybe", Spicer replied.

Kraft said he was delighted to be honored by Trump for a remarkable comeback victory that he said echoed the president's own longshot campaign "against 16 career politicians facing odds nearly as long as we faced in the fourth quarter".

Kraft presented Trump with a personalized jersey and Belichick gave Trump a personalized helmet.

Brady was absent Wednesday due to "personal" matters. And, more importantly, would it be a noticeable difference from last time. "With the president having so many strong opinions and prejudices I believe certain people might feel accepted there while others won't". The number of players not attending because of the president, and vocally doing so, is unprecedented.

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