Patriots' Rob Gronkowski jokingly crashes White House briefing

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The president has a close friendship both team owner Robert Kraft and Belichick, referencing a letter of encouragement the coach wrote him before a crucial primary contest a year ago. While wandering the White House (apparently unsupervised), dude made some viral content.

Chris Long also boycotted the ceremony while Alan Branch, like Brady, said he planned to spend time with family instead.

"On his Instagram account (above), Brady posted his parents" wedding photo on their 48th anniversary. Should the Patriots decline to match, the defending Super Bowl champion would receive a first-round pick compensation from Malcolm Butler's new team.

In the months leading up to the Super Bowl, Galynn had been undergoing chemotherapy and radiation.

Trump talked about how "tough" Belichick is and how resilient the team was to come back from 25 points down in an overtime victory against the Falcons.

Brady and Amendola weren't the only notable player absent from the festivities Wednesday.

Anyway, not everyone on the Patriots' roster backed out of the White House visit.

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After taking pictures, the team rolled inside, where Gronkowski took a moment to interrupt press secretary Sean Spicer's briefing.

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From there, Belichick swung over to the Oval Office, where he and girlfriend Linda Holliday posed with their old friend.

Thirty four members of the Patriots squad were absent from the visit, while 34 attended the ceremony. Interestingly enough, Trump didn't mention Brady in his congratulatory speech as he rattled off the key players in the Super Bowl win.

Belichick spoke during the ceremony but did not address the letter.

Anyway, Brady wasn't the only one who didn't make the trip to D.C. on Wednesday. It was much better.

Players LeGarrette Blount, Martellus Bennett and Devin McCourty all cited political leanings for their decision to opt out this year, the Times reported, while others said they had other things to do.

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