These photos show the Patriots' White House turnout for Trump vs. Obama

Rachel Hardy
April 20, 2017

While the day was created to be festive, the Patriots were left to deal with the news that former tight end Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in a prison cell hours before the White House visit, according to MA prison officials.

He jokingly asked Spicer whether he needed any help, drawing laughs.

Brady also opted to not to visit the Obama White House after the Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX. With your backs against the wall, and the pundits saying you couldn't do it, saying the game was over, you pulled off one of the greatest Super Bowl comebacks of all time.

Brady became the seventh New England player to say he would not attend the White House ceremony.

Brady is a personal friend of Trump's, and the president often cited the quarterback while out on the campaign trail past year.

"In that same year, a very good friend of mine for over 25 years, a man who is mentally tough and hardworking as anybody I know launched a campaign for the presidency against 16 career politicians facing odds nearly as long as we faced in the fourth quarter", he said. Quarterback Tom Brady did not attend the ceremony, releasing a statement earlier on Wednesday citing "recent developments" and "personal family matters" for the reason for his absence.

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With Wednesday's ceremony a thing of the past, the Patriots will turn their attention toward a potential repeat in 2017 as they seek a return trip to the South Lawn of the White House this time next year.

"I've know him for a long time and he always gives me a call on different types of motivational speeches at different times", Brady said.

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. As of Sunday, Tom Brady had reportedly been expected to attend the said festivities.

If it has not hit the New England Patriots that they are Super Bowl Champions, it may be starting to soak in.

"As a kid, you read about history, read about the White House, to actually go in and experience firsthand is something I hope everyone gets the opportunity to do", Mitchell said.

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". Hernandez was serving life in prison for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. "But thank you", he said.

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