Tom Brady OK with teammates skipping White House visit

"I don't really think that is necessarily the case", Brady told's Peter King in an interview when asked if this Super Bowl was one of the great games in his storybook career.

"Now I really know what to do, I don't want to stop now", he said.

Brady attended White House celebrations following New England's championships in 2001, 2003 and 2004 under President George W. Bush. "You never know. That's why I want to keep taking care of what I need to take care of".

"Everybody has their own choice, ' said Brady, who missed the Patriots" White House visit in 2015 hosted by President Barack Obama.

When Danny Amendola scored to bring the New England Patriots to within 10 points of the Atlanta Falcons late in Super Bowl LI, the Patriots knew exactly what play they would call on the ensuing two-point conversion.

"These days are valuable for everybody", Brady said. Brady may not think it was his best effort, but, as he said, the game itself was thrilling.

The first time Tom Brady mentioned that he'd planned on playing well into his 40s, it may have came off as an ambitious statement from a competitive guy.

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. You only get so much time with your family and friends.

"Everybody has their own choice", Brady told ProFootballTalk.

Kraft told the "Today" show on Monday that he didn't think it was notable that some players wouldn't go to the White House.

"The facts are we've had the privilege of going to the White House five times in the last 16 years. We're all free to whatever is best for us, we're just privileged to be in a position to be going".

If you place added value on the biggest postseason game in the National Football League, then Tom Brady's performance in Super Bowl LI is arguable one of the greatest games of his life.

  • Elsie Buchanan