Patriots players make trip to White House, 34 don't

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady holds the Vince Lombardi Trophy beside coach Bill Belichick after the Patriots defeated the Atlanta Falcons 34-28 in overtime at Super Bowl 51 in Houston

"Need some help?" Gronkowski, dressed in a suit and tie, playfully asked when he peered out from a corner of the room.

"I think I got this, but thank you", Spicer responded with a smile. "I had won the primaries, and I'm now in this rather heated election that a few of you have read about".

With the Patriots lined up behind him, Trump said: "No team has been this good for this long".

Key players like Tom Brady, Devin McCourty, Martellus Bennett, Dont'a Hightower, Chris Long, and LeGarrette Blount all skipped their chance to be lauded by President Donald Trump after pioneering the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history this February.

The president has a close friendship both team owner Robert Kraft and Belichick, referencing a letter of encouragement the coach wrote him before a crucial primary contest past year. Several had said beforehand that they would not show for political reasons.

Hernandez played three seasons for the team before he was arrested and charged with murder in the 2013 shooting of Odin Lloyd, who was dating his fiancee's sister.

A team spokesman said the Patriots were aware of the reports of Hernandez's death but the club wasn't expected to comment.

The 27-year-old cornerback Malcolm Butler, meanwhile, is heading back up to New England later this week after celebrating a family birthday.

That'd be Brady, who revealed Wednesday morning he wouldn't join the Patriots' Super Bowl LI victory celebration at the White House due to personal family matters. You're going to the White House (two months from now and after you visit Disney)!

Whatever Brady was up to in 2015, few bought his stated reason for missing the visit.

Trump commented on the team's unbelievable comeback in the Super Bowl, stunning the world for pushing the game into overtime and winning the game despite a 25-point deficit in the second half.

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

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