While Patriots visit White House, Tom Brady says he’s spending day with family in Facebook post

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2017, file photo, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady walks off with his MVP trophy during a news conference after the NFL Super Bowl 51 football game in Houston. Brady will not join his New England Patriots teammates when the Super Bowl champions visit the White House on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, to accept congratulations from President Donald Trump for another NFL title. 
The White House said it was notified that Brady was dealing with a “personal family matter” and will not attend the ceremony.  (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady with his Super Bowl LI MVP trophy in Houston. –AP Photo/Morry Gash

Tom Brady created a stir Wednesday morning when it was reported that he would not be attending the New England Patriots’ Super Bowl 51 ceremony at the White House.

In a Facebook post just before noon, the quarterback said that he is spending time with his family, posting a photo of his parents, Tom Sr. and Galynn (née Johnson), at their wedding.

“For 48 years, my sisters and I have had the best example of love, friendship and compassion in our lives!” Brady wrote. “And it’s so special to celebrate together! I love you mom and dad!”

In Brady’s statement to ESPN’s Mike Reiss Wednesday morning, the quarterback said he would be unable to join the team at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave due. to “personal family matters.” The Boston Herald‘s Jeff Howe also reported that Brady’s mother was in town, and has been dealing with an illness.


Multiple sources have previously reported that Brady’s parents married on April 19, 1969, which would mean Wednesday is indeed their 48th anniversary.

Along with Brady, other members of the Super Bowl 51 winning team who have announced that they are not attending the ceremony include Devin McCourty, Chris Long (now with the Philadelphia Eagles), and Martellus Bennett (now with the Green Bay Packers).