Some NFL Champs Won't Meet The President, But They're Not The First

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady backed out hours before his team's White House visit, citing "personal family matters."
Posted at 12:47 PM, Apr 19, 2017

The New England Patriots are headed to the White House — well, some of them, anyway. 

President Donald Trump is hosting the Super Bowl champions on Wednesday, but at leastseven team members said they're skipping the decadeslong tradition.

The players missing the meetup include Tom Brady, Martellus Bennett, Alan Branch, LeGarrette Blount, Dont'a Hightower, Devin McCourty and Chris Long. Brady said he's missing for "personal family matters." Others specifically cited Trump as a reason.

Super Bowl winners visiting the president's quarters has pretty much been a yearly routine since 1987. Other pro sports champs also frequently make trips to the White House.

In the past year, many teams and players have used their platform to make political statements.

The Cleveland Cavaliers' Iman Shumpert told Complex he wouldn't visit the White House after Trump took office.

But Trump isn't the only president to get snubbed. Three Miami Dolphins players passed on meeting Barack Obama in 2013.

And Michael Jordan was a no-show for his team's visit with George H.W. Bush in 1991.