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Tom Brady: White House Visits by Championship Teams Aren't Political

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Tom Brady of the New England Patriots hoists the Vince Lombardi Trophy during a Super Bowl victory parade on Feb. 7, 2017, in Boston, Massachusetts. (Michael J. Ivins/Getty Images)

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Tom Brady said he believes in “putting politics aside” when it comes to visiting the White House as a celebrated champion, the New England Patriots

quarterback told NBC Sports' "ProFootballTalk Live."

These remarks from the five-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback come after six of his teammates have opted not to attend the White House celebration with President Donald Trump, according to USA Today.

Brady, who said he plans to attend the celebration once it’s announced, is no stranger to skipping out on White House visits, as he too was criticized for his no-show in 2015, after winning his fourth Lombardi Trophy.

However, Brady told “Pro Football Talk Live” on Tuesday that not attending the White House at the time had nothing to do with former President Barack Obama.

“It really is a great experience,” Brady said, according to "ProFootballTalk." “Putting politics aside, it never was a political thing. At least, it never was to me. It meant you won a championship and you got to experience something cool with your team, with your teammates. Everyone has their own choice. It’s an offseason. These days are valuable for everybody. You only get so much time with your family and friends, and if people don’t want to go they don’t want to go and that’s their choice.”

“Everybody has their own choice,” Brady said. “There’s certain years, like a couple years ago, I wanted to go and didn’t get the opportunity based on the schedule – we didn’t get told until I think like 10 days before we were going, and at that point I had something I’d been planning for months and couldn’t get there.”

Brady, who received his fourth Super Bowl MVP after New England’s come-from-behind victory over the Atlanta Falcons, has often referred to Trump as a “good friend,” The Guardian noted. However, he hasn’t necessarily been public with his views on any of Trump’s policies or his campaign.

Despite not being vocal about his political stance, many remember the “Make America Great Again” hat that was displayed in Brady’s locker prior to the November election.

A few months ago, Brady told the media that his wife had told him he “can’t talk about politics anymore,” according to The Guardian.

“I think that’s a good decision for our family,” he added, at the time.

Among the Patriots players who have said they won’t be attending the White House are Martellus Bennett, Devin McCourty, Chris Long, Dont’a Hightower and LeGarrette Blount.

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