'Need some help?' Patriots' Gronkowski crashes Spicer's White House press briefing

The Patriots pointed out in Obama's picture, 40 staff members were standing behind him on the staircases.

Of course, Trump himself also blasted the New York Times.

While it isn't clear why Brady was not present, he also did not attend the White House visit in 2015.

In an interview with Time magazine safety Devin McCourty had previously said he was not going to the ceremony because he didn't feel accepted in the White House. They weren't shown in Wednesday's photo because they were sitting on the lawn.

Aside from coach Bill Belichick and star tight end, Rob Gronkowski - who didn't even play in the big game due to injury - players who attended the ceremony were mostly unrecognizable and unknown by most National Football League fans.

"I am so happy and excited that our team is being honored at the White House", Brady wrote in Wednesday's statement. The Washington Post obtained a copy of the video last October during the 2016 presidential campaign.

The 2017 Super Bowl champions visited the White House Wednesday, following the tradition of the President congratulating the winning team. Brady had planned on making the White House visit, but will instead spend time with his mother who flew in from California to Boston to visit Brady and his family.

When Donald Trump first announced his campaign for the presidency, Tom Brady signaled his approval of the candidate and a "Make America Great Again" baseball hat was reportedly seen in his locker. "I just needed to own it". ".This year, for some unusual reason, the question was being asked at the Super Bowl before the game was played". There are 64 players listed on the Patriots' active team roster, though it's unclear how many were invited.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft is close friends with Trump, and he contributed $1 million to his inaugural committee, according to federal records.