An invitation from the White House would have a life time achievement for any American as people gatecrash the White House receptions, but for the Hall of Fame American footballer Dan Hampton it is an invitation he is not accepting.
The Chicago Bears great, Hampton, will snub a 25-year anniversary celebration for winning the Super Bowl championship at the White House.
It's my own personal choice. ... I don't choose to go, Hampton told the Mully and Hanley radio show.
Obama, a Bears fan himself, extended an invite to the '85 Bears to make up for the celebration they never had. The presidential celebration after Bears' victory in 1986 Super Bowl was called off because of the explosion of Space Shuttle Challenger two days before. Entire crew of the space shuttle was killed in the accident.
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 added.
Talking about the lack of sentimentality, he said that he was bothered that the invitation wasn't extended to players' wives and children.
How do you go to the White House, and you tell your kids and your wife, 'Oh, well, I'm sorry. You're not invited.' It doesn't matter for you, he said.
The dislike of President Obama is also one of the reasons behind Hampton not attending the White House celebration. Secondly, I'm not a fan of the guy in the White House, and third, it was 25 years ago. Let it go, he said.