As the Super Bowl champions, the Philadelphia Eagles would customarily be invited to the White House to be recognized by the President for their achievement. Alabama just went to D.C. this month, and the Patriots visited the White House last year after winning it all.
Some have wondered if the Eagles would accept or turn down an invite given the outspokenness from some players against Donald Trump. However, it certainly looks like there will be at least some contingent from Philly going to our nation’s capital.
The Eagles released a statement today declaring they were “honored” to receive the invitation. They plan to attend.
Interestingly, the statement also said a visit would also be “an opportunity to engage in productive dialogue with the leaders of our country.”
#Eagles are in contact with the White House regarding a visit. “We are honored to receive this invitation and view this not only as an opportunity to be recognized for our achievements, but also as an opportunity to engage in productive dialogue with the leaders of our country."
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 23, 2018
Eagles defensive end Chris Long skipped the Patriots’ White House visit last year when he played in New England. Long has been critical of Trump.
Safety Malcolm Jenkins’ activism is also well-known, and he, Long and wide receiver Torrey Smith have said they wouldn’t visit the White House if invited.
Additionally, a New York Times report indicates that Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie called Trump’s tenure “disastrous” in a meeting between players and league officials.
In a private meeting with players and league officials, the owner of the Eagles referred to Mr. Trump's tenure as "one disastrous presidency,” using a vulgarity to emphasize “disastrous.” He then added: “Don’t quote me.”
— NYT Sports (@NYTSports) April 23, 2018
Despite Lurie’s criticism of Trump, and at least three players saying they’d boycott the trip, it does seem like the Eagles will be going to the White House.
It is just a matter of when.