Former Chicago Bears defensive tackle Dan Hampton says he will not be joining his fellow teammates when they visit the White House next month.The Fridge is big enough for several guys, so maybe they won't notice Hampton's not there. That is, if they can get William Perry off his couch.
Hampton, a member of the Bears 1985 Super Bowl championship team, made the comments on Chicago's Mully and Hanley radio show Monday.
"It's my personal choice," the four-time Pro Bowler said. "I don't choose to go."
Hampton said he was bothered that the invitation did not include players' wives and children and added, "Secondly, I’m not a fan of the guy in the White House, and third, it was 25 years ago. Let it go.”
Obama, an ardent fan of his hometown team, extended an invite to the 1985 Super Bowl Champions last week. The team is scheduled to visit the White House on Oct. 7.
Super Bowl champions are traditionally honored with a visit to the White House. But plans for the 1985 Bears to come to Washington were scrapped when the space shuttle Challenger exploded just days after their victory in January 1986.
"It basically just rolled off our backs, and now, 25 years later to say, ‘Let’s put the band back together.’ No, I’m not in,” Hampton said.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Da Bears won the Super Bowl for the '85 season and Obama wants to invite them to the White House for a belated celebration. One former member is opting out:
Posted by Rick Moore on 9/29/2011