Tom Brady and Joe Biden joke about winning and age as champ Buccaneers visit White House


Quarterback Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrated their Super Bowl LV victory with President Joe Biden at South Lawn of the White House (Picture: AP)

Quarterback Tom Brady joked with President Joe Biden about people who don’t believe his team won the Super Bowl, and being older than his colleagues, during the champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ visit to the White House.

Brady, who has been a friend and supporter of former President Donald Trump, did not shy away from politics when he cracked jokes with Biden on the South Lawn on Tuesday morning.

The star quarterback reiterated Biden’s remarks that the Buccaneers struggled and ‘didn’t look great there at one point’ of the season with a 7-5 record.

‘But we found our rhythm, we got on a roll,’ Brady said, before mentioning those who deny the Buccaneers beat the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LV.

President Joe Biden, surrounded by members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, poses for a photo holding a jersey during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House (Picture: AP)

‘Not a lot of people think that we could have won,’ Brady said. ‘In fact, I think about 40% of the people still don’t think that we won.’

Biden, who has dealt with many Trump supporters denying he won the 2020 presidential election, laughed and said: ‘I understand that’.

‘You understand that, Mr President?’ Brady said.

‘I understand that,’ Biden said.

‘Yeah,’ said Brady, 43, continuing with another joke comparing himself to Biden, 78.

‘We had a game in Chicago where I forgot what down it was. I lost track of one down in 21 years of playing and they started calling me Sleepy Tom,’ Brady said, alluding to Biden’s opponents calling him ‘Sleepy Joe’.

‘Why would they do that to me?’ asked Brady, looking over at the president.

Biden, throwing his hands up, said, ‘I don’t know’.

Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady spoke as President Joe Biden welcomed members of the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers to a reception on the South Lawn of the White House (Pictures: Reuters)

Brady also commended his fellow Buccaneers players for putting their individual agendas aside and coming together as a team.

‘If you look at us, we’re all a little bit different ages, I’m a little older than most of them,’ Brady said. ‘We come from a lot of different places across the country, a lot of different schools, a lot of different backgrounds but we love each other, we’re committed to one another and when you do that, amazing things happen.’

Brady, widely considered the greatest quarterback in NFL history, has won seven Super Bowls, more than any other player or franchise in the league. He did not join the New England Patriots, his team at the time, in their championship visits to Washington, DC, in 2015 and 2017 when Barack Obama was president. Brady supported Trump in his 2016 presidential run.

None of the Patriots visited Trump’s White House in 2019.

Biden in his remarks acknowledged there was much talk around Brady and Bruce Arians being the oldest quarterback and oldest coach, respectively, to ever win the Super Bowl.

‘Well I’ll tell you right now, you won’t hear any jokes about that from me. As far as I’m concerned there’s nothing wrong with being the oldest guy to make it to the mountaintop, that’s how I look at it,’ Biden said, referring to himself and drawing claps.

The president then spoke to Brady directly, saying it looked like he ‘got another 20 more years left’.

‘You’re just about the best to ever play,’ Biden told the quarterback. ‘And making it to 10 Super Bowls in the last 20 years, it ain’t bad, man. I’ll tell you what, we’ve never seen anything like it in the game.’

Biden said the Buccaneers team ‘is a testament to the fact that it’s never too late to come together’.

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