"From a team standpoint, some guys have dreamed, you know, of being able to win a championship and take a visit to the White House, and we're not trying to deny that to anybody", Mr. Jenkins said to reporters at a charity event he had organized in New Jersey.
Major sports league champions have routinely visited presidents since the 1980s, but several Eagles players have voiced opposition to President Donald Trump and said they would not attend a ceremony at the White House. Lurie was supportive of Jenkins and Long when they demonstrated during the anthem last season.
Alongside those players who already committed to skipping the White House visit, there are some who are a little unsure. "Me, personally, because it's not a meeting or a sit down or anything like that, I'm just not interested in the photo op". "So I'll opt out of the photo opportunity".
The set date comes about a month after the White House confirmed it was planning a visit. All three have also criticized Trump's policies and words, saying he's caused more division in the United States. Philadelphia has a voluntary OTA from June 4-7 which could interfere with the possible visit. The final round of OTAs runs from June 4-7, leading into the mandatory minicamp in mid-June.
"[When] my son grows up, and I believe the legacy of our president is going to be what it is", Long said in February, via the Washington Post. It's possible the Eagles could have practice in the morning and get to Washington in the afternoon, or vice versa.
An Eagles spokesperson told ESPN the team considers the invitation an honor, "not only as an opportunity to be recognized for our on-field achievements, but also as an opportunity to engage in productive dialogue with the leaders of our country".
Of course, just because a few players don't want to go doesn't mean the Eagles won't accept the invite.