The one person who wasn't name checked in Wednesday's speech was Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady, who skipped the White House ceremony for family reasons.
According to the Sporting News, six Patriot players have announced they are not attending the traditional visit.
It was a odd moment in a highly unusual day surrounding the NFL's most successful franchise.
"Need some help", Gronkowski, dressed in a suit and tie, asked. Hernandez, who played tight end alongside Gronkowski, became a young star during three seasons with New England and played in the Super Bowl following the 2011 season.
Hernandez was serving a life sentence for murder but was recently acquitted on separate double murder charges. "In light of some recent developments, I am unable to attend today's ceremony, as I am attending to some personal family matters", he added.
Hours later, Brady posted on Instagram that he's celebrating his parents' 48th wedding anniversary.
Brady's mother has been battling cancer since before the Super Bowl LI. During the presidential campaign, a "Make America Great Again" hat was seen in Brady's locker during a press conference.
Trump singled out receivers Danny Amendola, Julian Edelman, and Malcolm Mitchell for their contributions to catching and defensive end Trey Flowers, as well as offensive tackle Marcus Cannon and the offensive line for their contributions to the game.More news: Violence spikes in Kashmir after videos inflame tension
McCourty told Time he didn't feel "accepted in the White House". As a matter of fact, by meeting Trump, Belichick became the first National Football League coach ever to visit with three different presidents following a Super Bowl win.
"Bob Kraft, he's becoming a pretty famous guy for his winning", Trump said.
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Both Belichick and Kraft are vocal supporters of Trump.
In remarks Wednesday, Kraft discussed what 2016 meant to him and how this was the Patriots' "sweetest championship".
Other members of the Patriots had made it clear they will skip Wednesday's visit over disagreements with President Trump. "That game will last forever", he added.
But there was something different about this year's meeting, that thing apparently being Donald Trump.