The New England Patriots became the first professional sports team to visit the White House as champions with Donald Trump in the Oval Office and the president made a point of using himself and his unprovable victory last November as a comparison for the team’s 25-point comeback to win their fifth Lombardi Trophy.
“With your backs against the wall and the pundits — good old pundits, boy they’re wrong a lot, aren’t they — saying you couldn’t do it, the game was over, you pulled off the greatest Super Bowl comeback of all time,” Trump commented. “That was just special.”
The traditional celebration on the South Lawn was extra special, as Trump is personal friends with team owner Robert Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick.
A total of seven Patriots players were not in attendance, including quarterback Tom Brady, who had posted on Twitter that he had to skip the visit due to a “personal family matter,” with speculation that Brady’s mother battling cancer for two years may be the reason. Some of the others who chose to stay away had publicly stated they were doing so for political reasons.
Patriots tight end Ron Gronkowski, who missed the Super Bowl due to injury, entered the room during Sean Spicer’s daily media briefing and joked with the White House press secretary, asking if he needed help?
A laughing Spicer said, “I think I got this. But thank you.”
H/T: The Hill
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