Tom Brady throws election joke during Buccaneers’ visit to White House
Posted On July 20, 2021
Tom Brady surprised the White House crowd on Tuesday when he joked about the 2020 election with President Joe Biden while celebrating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ Super Bowl 55 victory.
“Not many people think we could have won, in fact I think about 40% of people still don’t think we won,” Brady said.
“I understand that,” Biden replied to a laughing crowd.
“Do you understand that, Mr. President?”
The Buccaneers visited Biden at the White House on Tuesday to celebrate their championship season. Brady, who was named Super Bowl MVP for the fifth time in his career, led Tampa Bay to a 31-9 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.
It was the first ceremony Brady attended at the Presidential Residence since 2005. Brady declined three more invitations – the most recent in 2017 under former President Donald Trump, whom the quarterback previously called ” good friend ”- when he won the Super Bowl playing for the New England Patriots.
Brady delivered another joke when he said people started calling him “Sleepy Tom” after forgetting what it was like in a loss to Chicago, a blow to Trump’s nickname for Biden during the elections.
“I lost track of an outfit in 21 years of playing and they started calling me ‘Sleepy Tom’,” he said as the crowd laughed. “Why would they do this to me?” “
Tampa’s professional sports teams have won three titles from 2020-21, with the Buccaneers’ victory limited by the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Stanley Cup victories.
“We’re making a pretty strong case to start calling Tampa Bay the City of Champions,” Biden said.
Biden cited Brady and coach Bruce Arians specifically for their efforts to lead the Buccaneers to victory and for a similarity between the three.
Each set an age-related record earlier in 2021. Biden, 78, in January became the oldest president to be invested. Brady, 43, and Arians, 68, were the oldest quarterback and coach to win a Super Bowl in February.
“You won’t hear any jokes about this from me as far as I’m concerned,” Biden said. “There is nothing wrong with being the oldest guy to reach the top of the mountain.”
Brady and Arians weren’t the only people Biden called by name. Wide receiver Chris Godwin, who Biden said he called before the Super Bowl, was born in Pennsylvania and raised in Biden’s home state.
“Most importantly, you have a star receiver from Delaware,” Biden said. “I am slightly prejudiced about this.”
Biden referred to Tampa Bay’s pioneering efforts to include women on its coaching staff, as well as efforts to improve voter turnout in Florida and administer COVID-19 vaccines.
“In the middle of a long, dark winter, every Sunday people could sit and watch you play,” Biden said. “You made memories that helped people get away with it and believe we could get back to normal.”
In the middle of his speech, Biden turned to the players behind him and told those who had not received the vaccine to “get one”, with the Arians responding “Amen.” Arians then spoke about the impact of the pandemic on his team.
“I want to thank our coaches, our players, our whole organization, the men, the women who did such a good job last year getting together and regrouping to not beat the other team, we had to d ‘first defeat the virus,’ Arians said. “You’ve sacrificed more than any team I’ve ever been with.”
The Buccaneers open training camp on Sunday, and it’s unclear how many team members are vaccinated. Protocols for unvaccinated and vaccinated players will vary during the 2021 season, the NFL announced in June.
The ceremony ended with Biden receiving his own Tampa Bay jersey and another joke from Brady.
“We’re going to challenge 11 of us, 11 White House interns to a football game here on the lawn, and we intend to challenge you,” he said. “Then get ready to go.”