Towards the end of an article which speculated about when the Philadelphia Eagles may choose to visit the White House, writers Ken Belson and Michael D. Shear tell of an audio recording of an exchange in September between a player, and Eagles Owner Jeffrey Lurie. "We are honored to receive this invitation and view this not only as an opportunity to be recognized for our on-field accomplishments, but also as an opportunity to engage in productive dialogue with the leaders of our country". There is a strong chance that the Eagles could very well decline the White House invite like the Warriors did a year ago.
The New York Times reported that White House officials and the Eagles are in discussion to bring the Super Bowl LII champs to the nation's capital.
If a team like Buffalo, who'd already traded away their starting left tackle to move up in the first round were to somehow lose out on acquiring the players they deem the missing piece to an eventual Super Bowl run, it's entirely possible that Sean McDermott could put in a call to Howie Roseman and company about acquiring Foles, a player he's very familiar with as the duo were both in South Philly in 2012. In the lobby at the Eagles' training complex, he put large photos of Martin Luther King Jr., Nelson Mandela and Jonas Salk, rather than sepia-tone images of the team's best former players, to remind visitors of the team's higher mission.
Running back LeGarrette Blount, who played for the Patriots in 2016, also snubbed the White House past year, saying "I don't feel welcome in that house".
The White House said no date is set for the visit, but expressed hope a decision to go ahead with the visit will be made in the coming weeks.
Mr. Lurie openly supported Mr. Jenkins and other players who have protested, though he encouraged them to hone their message and not be sidetracked by people accusing them of being unpatriotic.
In a recording of a private meeting of owners at National Football League headquarters, The Times reported that Lurie called the Trump presidency "disastrous".
"Another fact I want to throw out there: Many of us have no interest in supporting President Trump". The Golden State Warriors' invitation was rescinded by the President, the Houston Astros went, as did Alabama's football team.