Some New England Patriots passed on the team's recent White House visit.
Linebacker Barkevious Mingo never gave it a second thought.
Five years earlier, Mingo thought he would get the chance of a lifetime _ meeting President Barack Obama _ as part of LSU's championship celebration. Instead, the the top-ranked Tigers squandered the opportunity in nearby New Orleans, losing 21-0 to Alabama and their ticket to Washington.
The rest of Mingo's career didn't go as expected.
He left school after the 2013 season and was drafted No. 6 overall by the Cleveland Browns. When things didn’t work out with the Browns, Mingo was traded to New England before the start of last season.
There, he became a role player. In March, the first-time free agent cashed in by signing a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Indianapolis Colts.
But before Indy’s offseason workouts began, Mingo blocked out one more date _ to celebrate with his former teammates by wandering the White House grounds and meeting President Donald Trump.
"That was a great experience _ it’s one that I’ve been dreaming about since playing in college,” Mingo said, beaming with pride. “I was fortunate enough to play in the BCS championship in college, and the night before the game that was the only thing I thought about. So this time around I was like, I’ve got to keep that out of my head, push that aside, just wait. But I was very happy to be able to walk those halls and actually get the chance to meet the president and just be there.”