Super Bowl champion Patriots respected during White House

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WASHINGTON — The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots were respected Wednesday by President Donald Trump during a White House on a day when quarterback Tom Brady stayed behind for “personal family matters” and owners Robert Kraft and conduct manager Bill Belichick didn’t residence questions about a genocide of former actor Aaron Hernandez.

In all, 34 players were benefaction for a afternoon rite on a South Lawn, a sum identical to a team’s past visits in 2004 and 2005 though noticeably fewer than 2002 and 2015.

Trump commended Kraft for building a “culture dedicated to winning” and remarkable that “he started it with his coach,” Belichick.

“It takes tough work, loyalty and joining by everybody on a group to work together in office of a ultimate goal, a idea that really few people achieve. You’ve achieved it 5 times,” Trump said, afterwards referencing Belichick’s “no days off” intone from a feat march in Boston and observant it relates to his pursuit as well.

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  • Trump mentioned 8 players specifically, starting with third-year long-snapper Joe Cardona of Navy. Receivers Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman, defensive finish Trey Flowers, descent lineman Marcus Cannon and core special-teams players Matthew Slater and Nate Ebner were also referenced by Trump.

    Later, 24-year-old receiver Malcolm Mitchell pronounced he was “almost brought to tears” by carrying a boss discuss his name.

    As for Brady, he pronounced in a matter progressing in a day, “I am so happy and vehement that a group is being respected during a White House today. Our group has achieved something really special that we are all unapproachable of and will be for years to come. Thank we to a President for hosting this titular jubilee and for ancillary a group for as prolonged as we can remember. In light of some new developments, we am incompetent to attend today’s ceremony, as we am attending to some personal family matters. Hopefully, if we accomplish a idea of winning a championship in a destiny years, we will behind on a South Lawn again soon.”

    Brady’s mother, Galynn, who attended usually one diversion final year (Super Bowl LI) as she battled cancer, was visiting Boston on Wednesday. Brady seemed to anxiety a revisit in an Instagram post.

    Regarding Hernandez, who was found passed in his jail dungeon early Wednesday, conjunction Kraft nor Belichick took questions from reporters after a rite to share their thoughts.

    Their remarks Wednesday were singular to a ceremony, in that Kraft said, “It’s a graphic respect for us to applaud what was unquestionably a sweetest championship with a really good crony and somebody who’s mental toughness and strength we severely admire.”

    Added Belichick: “Along with a march and ring ceremony, a event and payoff to come to a White House is one of a good things about winning a Super Bowl, so we’re really absolved to be here.”

    Of a 34 players who were present, usually 6 had played with Hernandez and nothing of them spoke with reporters after a ceremony.

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