The Baltimore Ravens may have won the Super Bowl and a chance to travel to the Nation’s capital to meet President Obama, but three guys will be skipping the traditional trip. According to the players themselves, Anquan Boldin, Carey Williams and Bernard Pollard will all be skipping the White House visit due to their own reasons.
For Boldin, he’ll be skipping the trip because he has to attend practice with his new team the San Francisco 49ers — the team he helped beat to earn that trip to the White House.
Unfortunately I’m going to miss a great opportunity to be with my Super Bowl team at the White House.
— Anquan Boldin (@AnquanBoldin) June 3, 2013
Similarly, new Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Carey Williams has regretfully informed the White House that he too will not be attending the visit. Williams also has practice as he’s due to report to the Eagles mandatory three-day practice during the visit, this according to Jeff McLane from the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The Eagles have a mandatory three-day camp that begins on Tuesday. Williams and Dennis Dixon, a member of the Ravens’ practice squad last season, were invited to the White House ceremony but did not plan on attending, according to an Eagles spokesman.
There were some eyebrows raised as it’s been pointed out that Williams skipped most of the Eagles voluntary workouts this offseason so far, but McLane raises the point that Chip Kelly plans on fining players who skip the workouts and practices that are mandatory.
As for Bernard Pollard, he’s been planning on skipping the White House trip since he was cut by the Ravens earlier in the offseason. Pollard said that even if he could attend the visit, he still wouldn’t since that’s not the player he is.
“At the end of the day, I know what happened,” Pollard, now a member of the Tennessee Titans, said on 105.7 The Fan. “I know what took place. I’m sorry, I just don’t want to be in the room with certain people.”