Trump on Pats, 'No team has been good this long'

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National Football League star Rob "Gronk" Gronkowski made a cameo appearance at Sean Spicer's White House press briefing.

He opened a door behind the press secretary and asked, "Sean, need some help?"

The player was out for most of last season with an injury.

"You pulled off the greatest superbowl comeback of all time", Mr. Trump told the players.

Former Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett, now with the Green Bay Packers, and cornerback Devin McCourty have previously announced they would skip the White House visit due to political reasons.

Bundchen has in the past expressed her displeasure with Trump - unlike her husband, Brady, who has been friends with the real estate mogul-turned-president for years.

Trump "launched his campaign against 16 seasoned politicians... facing odds like we did", Kraft said, adding that both the Patriots and Trump persevered.

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ESPN's longest-tenured employee, Seton Hall graduate Bob Ley, expressed his surprise that the Patriots were still visiting the White House after the Hernandez news. "But this one, the way we were treated and the opportunities to be in the oval office and meet with the president, sitting inside of the white house, it's been fabulous", the famously taciturn coach said.

Casting a pall over the ceremony was the news about Hernandez, who hanged himself in a prison cell hours before the White House visit, according to MA prison officials.

The team presented Trump with a personalized Patriots jersey and a championship helmet. Hernandez was serving life in prison for the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd. Wide receiver Danny Amendola also skipped the visit, thanking Trump "for the shout out" and saying he had a funeral to attend.

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"When my son grows up and I believe the legacy of our president is going to be what it is, I don't want him to say, 'Hey Dad, why'd you go when you knew the right thing was to not go, '" Long says in the video.

Despite Trump's claims at a New Hampshire rally that Brady said, "Donald, I support you, you're my friend and I voted for you", his wife Gisele Bündchen denied they supported the president.

Trump reflected on the Patriots for approximately 10 minutes before handing the podium over to Kraft, who called the Super Bowl 51 win "unequivocally our sweetest victory".