It may be the offseason, but some members of the New England Patriots defense are still showcasing their remarkable ability to shut down an offensive attack.
Defensive end Chris Long - who was part of the Super Bowl-winning team and is now a free agent - stopped a number of Twitter users dead in there tracks on Thursday evening for criticizing his decision to not visit the White House with the Patriots later this year.
In a series of tweets, Long delivered his responses to just a few of the criticisms he had been getting on the social media site while getting in some digs at President Trump's claims that Barack Obama's birth certificate was not real and Fox News viewers.
His best answer of all however may have been to a person who said: 'You should go talk to Trump if you want change.'
Long replied: 'I'm skipping a photo op, not a congressional hearing.'
The 31-year-old, who endorsed Libertarian Gary Johnson in the election, confirmed he was not attending the event last Thursday.
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Firing back: Chris Long (above at Super Bowl Media Day) responded to criticisms he has received after saying he would not attend the New England Patriots White House visit later this year
Denied: When told he should go and speak with President Trump if he wants change, Long said: 'I'm skipping a photo op, not a congressional hearing'
Burn: One person said that Long should 'respect' the office of the president, to which he replied: 'OK birther theory guy'
'Heard it all this week...if you don't want to hear about some of the dumb s*** I've heard...mute away, but it's good. Rapid fire time, yeah?' wrote Long to kick of his tweetstorm.
First up was someone who said that Long should 'respect' the office of the president.
'OK birther theory guy,' said Long, who is the son Hall of Fame Howie Long.
Both father and son are defensive ends, and now both men have one Super Bowl win.
Next came an expected attack, with someone urging Long to 'stick to football,' which resulted in the football star writing: 'You don't look like a state senator yourself there bud.'
Then he took on those claiming he hated 'the troops' and 'white people.'
He responded to the claim that he did not value members of the armed forces by writing: 'The secondary focus of my foundation (out of two causes) is veteran support. Do your research. Also, not relatable.'
As for the racism claim, Long replied: 'You realize all humans that live in America should be concerned? Also that assumption says something about you.'
He then included a follow-up, writing: 'Oh yeah, for sure. I despise them but I named my son (who is white) after an outlaw country singer.'
Chris and his wife Megan have a baby boy they named Waylon.
And to the person who told him to stop believing the media, Long fired back: 'Dude I just saw you retweet Fox News.'
Lasting image: Long is the son of NFL geat Howie Long (above after Super Bowl). Both father and son are defensive ends, and now both men have one Super Bowl win
Next up: He also responded to claims that he hated 'the troops' and 'white people'
Good try: Chris and his wife Megan have a baby boy who was born last Match that they named Waylon
At the conclusion of his rapid fire response session, Long said: 'So I've listened to it all week. And it's sparse really. Most people aren't ridiculous. Thought y'all may enjoy that thread.'
He added one final thought Friday morning, writing: 'Last thing... not a libertarian. I thought I wanted to be one. Was desperate for a third party to support. Couldn't do it.'
Home team: Long with his wife Megan and son Waylon after the Super Bowl
In the interest of fairness he also retweeted one of the tweets from a critic on his page as well on Friday, choosing a man who wrote: 'What a shocker, Another wealthy celebrity out of touch with reality.'
'Lmao this guy's name,' wrote Long in response to Dick Slaughter.
Long then thanked the older man for his service after seeing that he was a Vietnam veteran even though the two did not agree and said he was not a celebrity.
'I agree you are not a celebrity, just a jock out of touch with reality,' wrote the Twitter user.
So far six Patriots players - Martellus Bennett, LeGarrette Blount, Devin McCourty, Dont'a Hightower, Alan Branch, and Long - have confirmed they will not attend the traditional reception for NFL championship-winning teams.
Also debating whether or not to attend is the man many thought deserved the MVP trophy at this year's game, running back James White.
Friend indeed: Tom Brady said this week that he has no issue at all with his teammates skipping the White House visit (Brady and Long embrace above after the Super Bowl win)
Not a fan: Long also took some time to mock one man's television viewing habits
Balanced argument: In the interest of fairness, Long also retweeted one of the tweets from a critic on his page
President Trump is a vocal fan of the Patriots, and close to owner Bob Kraft and quarterback Tom Brady.
Both men however made it clear this week that they do not have any issue with players skipping the event.
'It's interesting, this is our fifth Super Bowl in the last 16 years, and every time we've had the privilege of going to the White House, a dozen of our players don't go. This is the first time it's gotten any media attention,' Kraft said on Monday.
'Some other players have the privilege of going in college because they're on national championship teams. Others have family commitments. But this is America; we're all free to do whatever's best for us. We're just privileged to be in a position to be going.'
Brady himself skipped the last visit in 2015, which would have been his fifth.
He has been four times with the Patriots and once in 1997 when the University of Michigan won the national championship.