WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Donald Trump spoke for a few minutes before being presented a No. 45 jersey by Patriots owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick at Wednesday's ceremony here celebrating the Super Bowl LI champions. During his spiel he mentioned a number of players, including Julian Edelman, Malcolm Mitchell, Marcus Cannon, Joe Cardona, Matthew Slater, Nate Ebner and Trey Flowers.
One name was conspiculously abest from his remarks: Tom Brady.
Brady did not make the trip to the White House, telling ESPN's Mike Reiss that he had some personal family matters to attend to. He was one of 34 players invited that was not present.
It came as some surprise, though, that Trump did not take the opportunity to shed light on his long-time relationship with Brady. It was a name he had no trouble mentioning during his campaign for president, and one he highlighted during a trip to New Hampshire just before the election.
Trump seemed more surprised by receiver Danny Amendola's absence than Brady's, since Amendola's name was not scrubbed from the notes on the presidential podium. During Trump's speech, Amendola was among the first names mentioned. Trump then turned to the team behind him and asked Amendola to identify himself. He wasn't present.
Football is coming.
The Patriots announced on Thursday that veterans will report to training camp on Wednesday, July 26 and that the first public practice will take place the following day.
Each of the team's first four practices -- from July 27-30 -- are scheduled to take place on the practice fields behind Gillette Stadium "in the nine o'clock hour," according to the Patriots. Updates to the training camp schedule, including more specific start times for practices, can be found at patriots.com/trainingcamp.
The Patriots Hall of Fame will hold its induction ceremony for former corner Raymond Clayborn on Saturday, July 29 around midday following that morning's training camp practice. Held on the plaza outside the Hall at Patriot Place, the ceremony will be free and open to the public.
The Patriots will host the Jaguars for two days of joint practices open to the public on Monday, Aug. 7 and Tuesday, Aug. 8. The preseason opener for both clubs will take place at Gillette Stadium on Aug. 10.
Tom Brady's off-the-field workout habits are the subject of serious curiosity for those in New England and beyond. Thanks to Under Armour's Instagram account, followers got a brief glimpse of what Brady does to stay in shape.
OK. It was more like a glimpse at what he did one day in Tokyo.
The video of Brady in the dohyo ring was shot at the Sakaigawa sumo stable in Tokyo on Thursday. According to Kyodo News, leading the training session was ozeki Goeido, who won last year's Autumn Grand Sumo Tournament.
"For them to welcome me means very much to me. It's hard to describe in words how special that was," Brady said.
Brady bounced around China before heading to Japan to continue to help promote Under Armour and in particular its "recovery sleepwear" line. He threw a pass on the Great Wall, and he explained that it was his "dream" to play a game on the continent.