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For as long as most people can remember, championship sports teams have received invitations to the White House on behalf of whichever USA president happened to be in office at the time.

Trump hosted the five-time champions on the South Lawn and declared that "no team has been good this long".

This isn't the first time the four-time Super Bowl MVP skipped a visit to the White House. It was the team's fifth Super Bowl title since February 2002.

Trump must've inspired the Patriots because the National Football League team also called out the Times following the team's visit to the White House on Wednesday.

The delegation was made up of Patriots players as well as the organization's personnel.

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Trump's welcome to the team, scheduled for early afternoon, is coming hours after the news from MA prisons officials that ex-Patriot tight end Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in his prison cell.

Brady released a statement saying he was "so happy and excited" that the Patriots are being honored at the White House.

Kraft, who presented Trump with a championship ring before Belichick gave Trump a commemorative helmet, joked that Trump's White House bid faced "odds nearly as long as we did" in the Super Bowl. They overcame a 25 point deficit over the Atlanta Falcons, to win the championship.

Trump, who is on favorable terms with coach Bill Belichick and team owner Robert Kraft, was unable to see another one of his friends on Wednesday.

Thirty-four Patriots players attended the ceremony.

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"Need some help?" may be the most accurate thing anyone could ask Press Secretary Sean Spicer right now.

As the press laughed, Spicer told him, "I think I got this, but thank you". He was serving time in a maximum security prison for a 2015 murder conviction.

"As a kid you read about history, read about the White House, to actually go in and experience it first-hand is something I hope everyone gets the opportunity to do", said Mitchell.

Patriots players did not speak about Hernandez's death at the White House and team officials earlier said they would not comment.

The visit came on the same day as the news that former Patriot's tight end and convicted murdered Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in prison Wednesday morning. As was the case in those years, the thinking was that the number of players present was reduced in part because for some who were invited the novelty of going to the White House wasn't the same as it was two years ago.

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One of those faces included the Patriots quarterback, Tom Brady.