Key Ravens From Super Bowl Roster Won’t Make White House Visit
BALTIMORE (WJZ)— Ray Lewis and Ed Reed will join their former teammates Wednesday at the White House, where President Barack Obama will honor the Super Bowl Champs for its 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. But there will be some obvious absences.
Anquan Boldin, who was traded to the 49ers in March, will stay in California to train with his new team, reports our media partner The Baltimore Sun.
“Unfortunately I’m going to miss a great opportunity to be with my Super Bowl team at the White House,” Boldin said on his Twitter account. “I know those guys will proudly share our Super Bowl memories and unforgettable moments on my behalf.”
The Sun also reports safety Bernard Pollard, now on the Tennessee Titans after being released by the Ravens, and linebacker Paul Kruger, who signed with the Cleveland Browns early in free agency, also won’t be in attendance at the White House.
Kruger, the Ravens’ sack leader last year, is expected to attend Friday’s ring ceremony.
Reserve safety Sean Considine, now a free agent, has a family obligation that will keep him from attending.
And according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Eagles quarterback Dennis Dixon, who was on the Ravens’ practice squad for much of last season, and cornerback Cary Williams will also not attend the White House event.
The Eagles have a minicamp this week and Williams, who started every game last year for the Ravens, has already gotten some criticism for missing some of the team’s voluntary workouts under new coach Chip Kelly.