Kraft on players skipping White House visit: We're all free to do what we want

Kraft on players skipping White House visit: We're all free to do what we want

Robert Kraft is aware that several of his players have chosen not to visit the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl LI victory. But the Patriots chairman and CEO told the TODAY show that that really isn't all that unusual.

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"Well, you know what's interesting, this is our, I'm happy to say, fifth Super Bowl in the last 16 years," Kraft said when asked if his relationship with President Donald Trump has in any way strained his relationship with players. "And every time we've had the privilege of going to the White House, a dozen of our players don't go. This is the first time it's gotten any media attention. You know, some of the players have the privilege of going in college because they're on national championship teams, others have family commitments. But this is America. We're all free to do whatever's best for us. We're just privileged to be in a position to be going."

Tom Brady made headlines in 2015 when he skipped the team's visit to Washington, DC followng its Super Bowl XLIX win, therefore missing the meeting with President Barack Obama.

Devin McCourty, Martellus Bennett, Chris Long, Dont'a Hightower, Alan Branch and LeGarrette Blount have said they won't visit the White House when the trip comes around later this year. Bennett, McCourty and Blount have all explained, in one way or another, that they do not feel welcome at a White House occupied by Trump.

Michael Strahan says 'you’ve never lived unless you’ve hit Tom Brady'

Michael Strahan says 'you’ve never lived unless you’ve hit Tom Brady'

Michael Strahan cherished sacking Tom Brady. He embraced mere contact with the New England Patriots quarterback.

Strahan, who sacked Brady three times during his NFL career with the New York Giants, discussed how he felt when he got the opportuntiy to bring down Brady.

“You’ve never lived unless you’ve hit Tom Brady. Not just Brady but any quarterback," Strahan told WWD in a story published Wednesday. “Like, you hit a guy, hit a grown man, and you hear the life and the breath leave his body. There’s something very empowering about that. Then, you hit Brady, you sack him and you land on Brady. And you get up and you’re, like, ‘Boy, I see what Gisele is feeling. You know, I just laid down with Tom Brady. That was cool.'”

It sounds like Strahan may enjoy sacking Brady a little too much. But his abiltiy to get to Brady in the Super Bowl did help swing the result in the Giants' favor, so perhaps that's a part of why he has such fond memories of being atop Brady.

Curran: ‘Is Revis concerned about his cornerback legacy?’

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Curran: ‘Is Revis concerned about his cornerback legacy?’

The Patriots are the likeliest destination for Darrelle Revis, according to reports. Tom E. Curran discusses whether or not Revis would want to return to the Patriots and what this means for Malcolm Butler.