Patriots' Rob Gronkowski jokingly crashes White House briefing
Much has been made of Brady's refusal to either publicly endorse or publicly denounce his "good friend" Donald Trump.
Other members of the Patriots had made it clear they will skip Wednesday's visit over disagreements with President Trump.
Trump regularly mentioned Brady during the presidential campaign, even telling reporters from The Washington Post in March 2016 that Brady "loves me".
While all the Patriots players were invited to the White House ceremony Wednesday, some players chose to skip the visit for different reasons.
Trump also has been close over the years with Patriots owner Bob Kraft and head coach Bill Belichick.
"They've won more division titles, conference championships, and Super Bowl wins than any other team".
Though numerous Super Bowl champions also skipped the White House visit in past years (including Brady, who was not in attendance in 2015), the Patriots' earlier connections to Trump meant particular scrutiny this time around.
His decision also comes hours after former teammate Aaron Hernandez, who was serving a life sentence for first-degree murder, was found hanged in his jail cell.
Authorities say a former National Football League player was driving a truck that struck and killed his 3-year-daughter in the driveway of their suburban Phoenix home.
The five-time Super Bowl champion has referred to President Trump as a friend and has said that he's "always had a good time with him".
"I think I got this, but thank you", Spicer responded.
"I've know him for a long time and he always gives me a call on different types of motivational speeches at different times", Brady said.
Hernandez played three seasons for the team before he was arrested and charged with murder in the 2013 shooting of Odin Lloyd, who was dating his fiancee's sister.