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Sports With Littlefield: Brady And Other Patriots Skip White House Visit05:53

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Patriots owner Robert Kraft, center, and others listen as President Trump speaks during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House on Wednesday. (Andrew Harnik/AP)closemore
Patriots owner Robert Kraft, center, and others listen as President Trump speaks during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House on Wednesday. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

The New England Patriots visited the White House today, to celebrate their Super Bowl victory.

One noticeable absence was Tom Brady. Brady said he had to attend to "family matters" and thanked the president for hosting and supporting the team for "as long as [he] can remember," according to a statement released to ESPN.

Other players did not attend, mostly for political reasons. Chris Long, who now plays for the Philadelphia Eagles, and Devin McCourty said they were motivated by their children, appearing in a video explaining their motives.

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Bill Littlefield, host of NPR's Only A Game, which tweets @onlyagamenpr.

This segment aired on April 19, 2017.

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