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Should Dan Hampton Have Gone to the White House?

Did the Bears Hall of Famer snub the president, or did he make the right call on his own principles? Tell us what you think.

You see Chicago Bears Hall of Famer Dan Hampton a lot in the Southland.

At the grand opening of last year, signing autographs at , golfing at this summer in support of student scholarships at St. Xavier University.

Next month, you might catch him in drawing the winning raffle ticket for a 63-inch 3D TV in a benefit for the Good Shepherd Center.

Maybe you'll see him at one of his daughter's volleyball games at Sandburg High School.

But you didn't see him Friday at the White House.

Hampton, a key player on the 1985 Bears Super Bowl team, declined President Obama's invitation to honor his hometown team. The president may be a fan of the '85 Bears, but Danimal is no fan of the prez.

"It's my own personal choice," Hampton recently told The Score. "I don't choose to go. No family, no kids. Honey's going to the White House, and you tell your kids and your wife, 'Oh, I'm sorry. You're not invited.'

"Secondly, I'm not a fan of the guy in the White House. And third, it was 25 years ago. Let it go."

In 1986, the Bears' trip to the White House, then occupied by Ronald Reagan, was cancelled because the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded.

"Family can't go, I don't want to go," Hampton told ESPNChicago.com in a text.

What do you think? Should Hampton have joined his teammates at the people's house? Did he pass up a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity? Or do you agree with his stand? Tell us in the comments.

OL Resident October 11, 2011 at 10:58 PM
My father in law served in WW II. To commerate the 50 th Anniversary of D Day he traveled to Fracne to participate in the ceremonies at Utah Beach.Bill Clinton appeared to give a speach and present the veterans present a medal of thanks for their sacrifice 50 years ago. EVERY ONE OF THOSE RANGERS STOOD UP AND SALUTED THEIR PRESIDENT AS HE GAVE THEM THEIR MEDAL. Men in wheelchairs proped themselves up to honor their commander in cheif. They agreed to the last man that it was a great honor to have the President of the United States thank them for their service. There wasnt a dry eye in the crowd. Many of these survivors never thought they would return; many knew they would never come back. I can safely say all of these men (ESPECIALLY MY FATHER IN LAW) are Republicans and never voted for Clinton. None of these Rangers cared, they were just happy that someone appreciated what they did. If Army Rangers can go (at their age and health) across the world to be congratulated by a President they never voted for, Dan Hampton could have shut his pie hole and act like its the greatest day of his life for 15 minutes. Obama is the president, but he is also a fan. He lived in Chicago during that time and these ex players are larger that life to him....just like they are to me Dan Hampton should be a WWII Ranger... BE HAPPY THAT SOMEONE STILL APPRECIATES WHAT YOU ACCOMPLISHED...AND HAPPENS TO BE THE PRESIDENT OF THE GREATEST COUNTRY ON EARTH.
Russ October 12, 2011 at 07:58 AM
Amen OL resident
JM of NL October 12, 2011 at 03:31 PM
Well said OL. AirForce Veteran- Went in when I was 17. A part of my oath was to defend this country and follow orders to the death. Those orders were from the Commander in Chief. I didn't care what his policies on healthcare or taxes were. I acknowledge, and would die for, the person that the majority of this country voted to lead us. NOW THAT"S AMERICAN! No one said being of this country would be easy.
Sarah October 12, 2011 at 04:05 PM
You have got to be kidding me. He was a football player, not a Marine, Army Soldier, or anything else that requires serving the country. He has the right to not go to the White House if he doesn't want to, no matter what his reasons are. If people spent less time judging others in this world, and more time worrying about their own actions, this world just might be a better place.
OL Resident October 12, 2011 at 08:53 PM
Sarah is he not making a judgement not to go based on his political beliefs? He decided not to go because he opposes the guy. Not becasue his family was not invited. When did having 2 ex wives make a man a fine upstanding citizen? 3 years ago he was worried that his last DUI would ruin his chances at the HOF vote the same week. If he wants to act like Hank Williams he can expect to be a lightning rod for controversy. He is a an on air radio personality, he could have excused himself stating person business and no one would be the wiser. He wanted to stir up controversy and we are all guilty of making press. I'm done with this one I'm movin on.

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