Some Super Bowl champ Eagles say they will skip White House invitation

Mike DeNardo
April 24, 2018 - 10:48 am
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The White House says plans are in the works to arrange a visit by the Super Bowl champion Philadelphia Eagles. No date is set yet, but this White House invitation brings a helmetful of political overtones. 

How many players will go? The Eagles, of course, won the first Super Bowl since President Trump attacked NFL players who protested during the national anthem. And the New York Times quotes Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie as calling the Trump presidency "disastrous." An Eagles spokesman called the invitation "an opportunity to engage in productive dialogue with the leaders of our country." 

As for the players, defensive end Brandon Graham told 94 WIP he will not be going to the White House.

"As of right now, I won't be there," Graham said. "I'm going to be just here, enjoying, waiting on the ring ceremony. I can't wait to look at the ring. Once we figure everything out, I guess they'll see what they want to do."

Other Eagles on the championship team, including Chris Long, LeGarrette Blount, and Malcolm Jenkins, have said they won't be visiting the Rose Garden, either.