Green Bay Packers Fumble Upcoming White House Visit

Michael DulkaContributor IAugust 10, 2011

Charles Woodson giving his post-game speech in Chicago
Charles Woodson giving his post-game speech in ChicagoJonathan Daniel/Getty Images

"I want y'all to think about one thing: One. For two weeks, think about ‘one’. Let's be one mind, one heartbeat, with one purpose, one goal, one more game. One. Let's get it. Check this, The President don't want to come watch us at the Super Bowl. Guess what? We'll go see him. ‘White House,’ on three." 

On a cold January evening, Charles Woodson spoke these words to his Packers teammates who had just beaten their rival Chicago Bears in a grind-it-out NFC championship game:

The Packers rallied around Woodson's speech and leadership on their way to winning their fourth Super Bowl and record 13th NFL championship.

The speech was so important to members of the organization that the Packers Super Bowl rings feature "1: Mind, Goal, Purpose, Heart."

But when the Packers go to visit president Obama in the White House, that one has been broken into a fraction less than one. The Packers are scheduled to visit president Obama on Saturday, August 12.

Some players critical to the success of the team will not be in Washington D.C. for the post-Super Bowl tradition. The players that left via free agency or were cut were not invited to join the team. 

Tauscher played 11 seasons for Green Bay, but was cut by the team early this month. He was not invited to join the team.
Tauscher played 11 seasons for Green Bay, but was cut by the team early this month. He was not invited to join the team.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The visit usually takes place in the offseason, but because of the lockout, the Packers were unable to make the visit at the normal time. They were forced to wait until the lockout was lifted to schedule a visit.  
As an organization, the Packers are making a huge mistake by not extending the invitation to players such as Brandon Jackson, Cullen Jenkins, Mark Tauscher, Nick Barnett, Korey Hall and Daryn Colledge.

Some of these players not only played in the Super Bowl, but made large contributions. Although they are in different training camps across the country and most likely would have missed the visit, the Packers should have invited and allowed them to join the team.  
If it wasn't for Jackson, Colledge and Jenkins, the Packers may not have reached the Super Bowl. Jackson was critical in pass blocking on third downs and Jenkins helped to take pressure off NT B.J. Raji throughout the playoffs.

Colledge had a successful playoffs as well starting at left guard.  

Tauscher was drafted by the Packers in 2000 and played his whole career in Green Bay before being cut earlier this month. 
A couple of these ex-Packers took to their verified Twitter accounts to express their reaction to the news. Bills LB Nick Barnett plans to use the cold shoulder as motivation as he stated, "Unfortunately don't get to go to the white house guess I'll make the trip next year." 

Now a member of the Eagles, DE Cullen Jenkins found humor in the situation when he was asked by fan if he would have attended if invited as he said, "Yeah. I think they think I will embarrass them [laugh out loud]."  

Although most of these players would be unable to attend because of duties with their new teams, the point is that they still should have been extended an invitation.

The Packers have always been an organization that has prided itself on its family-like atmosphere and championship front office. This is certainly a blemish. The correct thing to do would be to invite all players that helped the team complete their goal and win Super Bowl XLV.