Tom Brady Jokes About Election Results as Buccaneers Visit White House

WASHINGTON — Until a number of hours earlier than kickoff, Tom Brady was questionable for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ celebration of their Super Bowl title on the White House. He was essentially the most prolific winner of titles and decliner of presidential invites in league historical past.

But when the band struck up and President Biden strode onto the South Lawn to satisfy the championship group, Mr. Brady, the quarterback and seven-time N.F.L. champion, was there, smiling in a darkish go well with and sun shades, main a small procession together with his coach, his group’s proprietor and the commander in chief himself.

A couple of minutes later he was again within the highlight, tossing off political jokes like slant routes, principally concentrating on Mr. Biden’s predecessor, Donald J. Trump, a longtime pal of Mr. Brady’s.

Mr. Brady first needled Mr. Trump’s baseless claims that he truly gained the 2020 presidential election, which many Trump supporters nonetheless imagine. The quarterback stated many individuals didn’t imagine the Buccaneers may win the championship final 12 months.

“I think about 40 percent of the people still don’t think we won,” Mr. Brady stated.

“I understand that,” Mr. Biden stated.

Mr. Brady turned to Mr. Biden. “You understand that, Mr. President?” he stated.

Mr. Biden smiled. “I understand that,” he stated once more.

“Yeah,” Mr. Brady continued. “And personally, you know, it’s nice for me to be back here. 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.’ Why would they do that to me?”

Mr. Biden — whom Mr. Trump ceaselessly referred to as “Sleepy Joe” through the marketing campaign — performed alongside. “I don’t know,” he stated.

Mr. Brady, 43, is essentially the most completed sign caller in N.F.L. historical past. After main the New England Patriots to 6 championships in his first 20 years within the league, he quarterbacked Tampa Bay to a 31-9 Super Bowl victory over the Kansas City Chiefs in February, shortly after Mr. Biden was inaugurated. It earned him and his teammates a request to go to the president on the White House.

But as of Monday, White House officers couldn’t say for certain if he deliberate to attend.

Mr. Brady missed a number of presidential group visits beneath Mr. Trump and President Barack Obama after successful earlier Super Bowls. He final trekked to a White House title ceremony in 2005, when George W. Bush was in workplace. His attendance this time round was rumored on Monday, then confirmed by pictures posted to social media on Tuesday morning.

Mr. Biden has in latest weeks additionally hosted the World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers, as his administration revives a convention of championship invitations that had grown sporadic beneath Mr. Trump after many gamers boycotted the festivities. An N.F.L. champion final visited the White House in 2017.

On Tuesday, whereas Mr. Brady’s teammates stood on risers and baked within the warmth of the White House garden, the president praised the Bucs for his or her persistence in reeling off an unbeaten run to the championship after beginning the season with seven wins and 5 losses.

“This is a team that didn’t fold, got up, dug deep,” the president stated. “It’s an incredible run.”

He singled out Tampa Bay receiver Chris Godwin, who was born and raised in the identical states as Mr. Biden. “Born in Pennsylvania, raised in Delaware,” the president stated. “Where I come from, that’s a heck of a combination, man.”

The president couldn’t resist sprinkling in a number of tales of his personal, much less completed soccer profession. And he couldn’t resist ribbing Mr. Brady — and himself — about their ages.

“A lot has been made about the fact that we have the oldest coach ever to win a Super Bowl and the oldest quarterback to win the Super Bowl,” stated Mr. Biden, who at 78 was the oldest particular person ever sworn in as president. “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.”

Eventually, Mr. Biden gave solution to the group proprietor, Bryan Glazer, and coach, Bruce Arians, after which to Mr. Brady and his comedy routine.

When the laughter from the comparatively small crowd on the garden died down, Mr. Brady and the Buccaneers ready to offer the president a customary customized jersey, with “Biden” throughout the again and the quantity 46, for Mr. Biden’s presidency. The band ready to play Queen’s “We Are the Champions” whereas gamers, together with the quarterback, posed for pictures with onlookers together with a number of Florida politicians.

But first Mr. Brady had another joke, about how he deliberate to benefit from the rest of his time on the White House.

“We’re going to challenge — 11 of us — 11 White House interns to game of football here on the lawn,” Mr. Brady stated.

“And we intend to run it up on you guys, so get ready to go.”