President Donald Trump invited the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots to The White House to honor their incredible and surprising 2017 Super Bowl victory. He was joined by most of the team as well as Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick. Check it out.
Transcript of the remarks by President Trump Welcoming the Super Bowl LI Champions, New England Patriots:
With your backs against the wall, and the pundits — good old pundits. Boy, they’re wrong a lot, aren’t they — (laughter) — saying you couldn’t do it, the game was over, you pulled off the greatest Super Bowl comeback of all time, one of the greatest comebacks of all time — but the greatest Super Bowl comeback of all time. And that was just special. I think I looked at odds and they gave you less than one half of 1 percent of winning the game.
And then the coach said, let’s go for three. He’s losing by so much, he said, let’s go for three. And I say, what is he doing? That was a great decision, Coach. (Laughter.) I tell him that all the time.
The fourth down conversion by Danny Amendola — where’s Danny? Where’s Danny? (Applause.) Way to go, Danny. The big sack by Trey Flowers. Big sack. Where’s Trey? Come on, put your hand up, Trey. See, he’s shy, a little bit. (Applause.) You weren’t shy when you hit that guy, were you? You weren’t shy about — he didn’t mind hitting. Thank you, Trey. Great job. The incredible catch by Julian Edelman. (Applause.) What a catch. We all said, no, that ball was dropped. Isn’t that good? You know, in the old days, they might have said that was dropped. Those replays are good. You’re starting to like the replay, right? (Laughter.) Great going, Julian.
I think of guys like Marcus Cannon and the offensive line. Marcus? (Applause.) That’s some line. Or Matt Slater, who was awarded the 2017 Bart Starr Award for the character and leadership he has shown both on and off the field. Malcolm Mitchell — (applause) — it’s true. (Applause.) Malcolm Mitchell, who, as a rookie, handled the pressure of the Super Bowl like an absolute true veteran. Way to go, Malcolm. (Applause.) Good job.
Or Nate Ebner, who played on our Olympic rugby team last summer. Pretty good athlete, right? And in Brazil — he was in Brazil playing and doing really well, and is an All-Pro special team guy and player. So, Nate, congratulations. Where’s Nate? (Applause.) Which is the tougher sport, Nate, football or rugby?
MR. EBNER: I don’t know. (Laughter.)
THE PRESIDENT: I had a feeling you might say that. But everyone played a role, and everybody played as champions. It was the first overtime game in Super Bowl history, and it ended with a legendary victory for this proud franchise and for these absolutely terrific players and coaches.
You had the best record in football with 14 wins and only two losses. And that doesn’t happen by accident. It takes hard work, dedication, and a commitment by every member of the team to work together in pursuit of the ultimate goal, a goal that very few people achieve. And you’ve achieved it five times, many of you, and our coach and our owner have achieved it five times. Great, great talents, great, great people.
Whether you’re trying to win a Super Bowl or rebuild our country, as Coach Belichick would say, there are no days off. And just a quick story about the coach. So I had won the primaries, and I’m now in this rather heated election that a few of you have read about. And he wrote me this beautiful letter after the primaries. “Congratulations,” he said all sorts of things that were really good. I mean, it was really a beautiful letter. And it was very close to going before the election. And I called up, and I said, Coach, do you mind if I read the letter tonight to a stadium full of people in a very, very big and important state? And he said, “You know what? I’d rather not have you do that. Could you send it back to me? I’m going to give you another one.” I said, no that’s okay. “Nop