The trip to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. represented the first by any professional sports team since Donald Trump moved into the Oval Office.
All told, 34 members of the reigning champions were in attendance, according to NESN's Zack Cox and Doug Kyed.
Zack Cox @ZackCoxNESN
Sounds like an exact split. Thirty-four Patriots players are at the White House today, 34 are not.2017-4-19 17:20:48
Doug Kyed @DougKyed
Heres the list of 34 Patriots at the White House ceremony. https://t.co/sGrOF57EyS2017-4-19 16:53:29
Several key contributors were absent.
The most notable was quarterback Tom Brady, who released a statement Wednesday morning saying he couldn't make the trip because he had to see to "personal family matters," per ESPN's Mike Reiss:
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Tom Brady is not attending White House ceremony today due to "personal family matters." His statement: https://t.co/OIidVZX3VV2017-4-19 13:33:31
According to the New York Times' Victor Mather, running back LeGarrette Blount, defensive tackle Alan Branch, defensive end Chris Long, safety Devin McCourty, tight end Martellus Bennett and linebacker Dont'a Hightower skipped out on the proceedings for various reasons.
Danny Amendola was also absent for personal reasons:
As far as the ceremony itself was concerned, President Trump started things off by praising the Patriots for their come-from-behind effort after they trailed 28-3 in the third quarter, as CBS News documented on Twitter:
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"You pulled off the greatest Super Bowl comeback of all time," Pres. Trump says of New England Patriots https://t.co/T5uqoA85rO https://t.co/KSbE17Rq212017-4-19 18:19:33
"No team has been this good for this long," Trump added, according to the Providence Journal's Mark Daniels.
Trump also channeled one of head coach Bill Belichick's favorite catchphrases when discussing parallels between the Patriots and the presidency.
"Whether you're trying to win a Super Bowl or rebuild a country, like Coach Belichick says, no days off," Trump said, per Daniels.
Trump later touched on the letter Belichick sent him, which he first mentioned on the eve of the election last November, as NFL Network's Mike Garafolo noted:
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Says Belichick re-sent him a new note that was "toned way up, much better" when he learned Trump would read it publicly.2017-4-19 18:19:03
Finally, the Patriots presented Trump with a personalized No. 45 jersey, which NBC News captured on Twitter:
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Watch: Patriots present President Trump with honorary jersey https://t.co/cg8YBn3QuD2017-4-19 18:29:44
With Wednesday's ceremony a thing of the past, the Patriots will turn their attention toward a potential repeat in 2017 as they seek a return trip to the South Lawn of the White House this time next year.