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After 10 Teams Declined Donald Trump’s White House Invite, Joe Biden Tastes First Rejection

Published 05/11/2023, 10:50 AM EDT

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It is a long-standing tradition for major league sports teams winning championships to visit the Whitehouse. Even during Donald Trump’s reign, almost 20 teams won major league sports championships. But only 10 of them maintained the tradition, with the other 10 either declining or not being invited at all. The Whitehouse has seen many visitors from the NFL in recent times. The most recent visit was by Buffalo Bills safety, Damar Hamlin. Hamlin visited President Joe Biden after being invited over to the white house post his cardiac arrest scare on the field in January. However, there is a team that has recently rejected the invitation to meet the President.

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A college football team is recently making headlines after declining the invitation to meet President Joe Biden after their second consecutive national championship. And the question that continues to float around is, why?

Georgia Bulldogs sends shockwaves after declining Joe Biden invitation


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Georgia Bulldogs defeated Texas Christian University in January to win the College Football National Championship Trophy. Not only this, they did it by maintaining a perfect 15-0 season. And as tradition goes, Joe Biden had invited the National college football champions to the Whitehouse. But they went on to decline that offer, leaving the masses shocked. It is the first team to reject Joe Biden’s invitation in his tenure as President. 

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During a recent episode of the ‘Pat McAfee Show’, former NFL player AJ Hawk discussed the situation that has risen with the Bulldogs declining the invite. While Georgia officials have stated that it is because the invitation does not meet with the student-athlete schedules, it still paved the way for a lot of theories coming up. But Hawk and Co. believe that the reason is as simple as it can get. These students take “most of their classes during spring and summer”. So when the football season comes once again, they don’t feel packed with work and can focus on the game properly.


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While the Bulldogs might have declined their invitation, Super Bowl LVII winners Kansas City Chiefs are getting ready to meet Joe Biden next month.


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Patrick Mahomes and Co. to make their Whitehouse visit next month

As tradition goes, Kansas City Chiefs, along with their star QB Patrick Mahomes, will be visiting the Whitehouse on June 5 to celebrate their second Super Bowl victory in four years. The Chiefs Kingdom will make their visit as a part of the summer schedule of championship winners visiting Joe Biden.

Even LSU’s women’s basketball team and UConn’s Men’s basketball team will visit the Whitehouse to celebrate their respective NCAA championships. This will be the Chiefs’ continuation of their victory celebration after TE Travis Kelce’s Kelce Jam held during last month’s draft.


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While the Bulldogs may have declined to go to the Whitehouse, the NFL champions will certainly be looking forward to their visit in the coming month to the Whitehouse.

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Written by:

Priyam Hazarika


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Priyam Hazarika is a ‘freshman’ at EssentiallySports. He was picked in the latest round of ‘ES Draft’ when we picked young writers with plenty of passion for NFL writing. Still in his early days, Priyam is driven by the words of wisdom from one of the greatest NFL coaches, Vince Lombardi: “Winning is not everything — but making the effort to win is.
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Hitesh Nigam