Brady, Jordan, Bird All Skipped White House Visits

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 23:  New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft (L) presents U.S. President Barack Obama with a Patriots jersey as Obama welcomed the National Football League Super Bowl champion New England Patriots to the White House April 23, 2015 in Washington, DC. President Obama honored the Super Bowl XLIX champion Patriots who defeated the Seattle Seahawks 33-27 in overtime.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

New England Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett said that he likely wouldn't visit the White House if his team won, because he doesn't support Donald Trump. 

Tom Brady himself skipped the team's White House visit in 2015 without providing a solid explanation for his absence.

According to the Patriots, Brady skipped out on the White House visit because he had a previously planned "family commitment." As it turns out though, Brady wasn't with his family when the Patriots went to Washington on the morning of April 23. According to, the Patriots quarterback was actually at Gillette Stadium getting some stretching in while the rest of the team was visiting with Obama.

Other notable names who didn't visit the White house:

Just last year, the former Broncos and current Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler did not go.

James Harrison skipped the Steelers' trip to the White House twice (2006 and 2009).

Baltimore Ravens lineman, Matt Birk skipped the trip in 2013 because he disagreed with President Obama.

NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan chose to spend time with his family instead of visiting the White House with the Bulls in 1991. At the time, George H.W. Bush was president.

NBA Hall of Famer Larry Bird had the best reason for skipping the Celtics' trip to see President Reagan in 1984.

"If the president wants to see me, he knows where to find me," Bird said.

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