"It really is a great experience," Brady told "PFT Live." "Putting politics aside, it never was a political thing. At least, it never was to me. It meant you won a championship and you got to experience something cool with your team, with your teammates. Everyone has their own choice. It's an offseason. These days are valuable for everybody. You only get so much time with your family and friends, and if people don't want to go they don't want to go, and that's their choice."
"There's certain years, like a couple years ago, I wanted to go and didn't get the opportunity based on the schedule," Brady told "PFT Live." "We didn't get told until I think like 10 days before we were going, and at that point I had something I'd been planning for months and couldn't get there."
There was a lot of noise around Brady's absence from the White House visit in 2015 with then-President Barack Obama, which was also ridiculous. Brady reportedly had a family arrangement at the time, which is why he couldn't attend.
As an aside, I really hate that this is getting so much attention and believe, I don't enjoy writing about it. But alas, it is news.