“Not many people think we could have won. In fact, I think about 40% of people still don’t think we won. Do you understand that, Mr. President?” Brady laughed. Biden replied, “I understand that.”
He then made a joke about how, in a game against the Chicago Bears in the 2020 season, he forgot what it was “and they started calling me Sleepy Tom”, a nod to former President Donald Trump’s nickname “Sleepy Joe”. for Biden during the 2020 campaign.
The Buccaneers’ victory marked the seventh Super Bowl victory for Brady. The former Patriots quarterback skipped the 2017 White House visit citing family issues but sparked controversy during the 2016 election campaign when a “Make America Great Again” hat was spotted in his locker after a game. Brady also skipped a visit to the White House under former President Barack Obama.
The visit marks the first time since 2017 that a Super Bowl champion team has visited the White House.
Biden said the team was an example that it is “never too late to come together and do amazing things.”
He congratulated Bruce Arians, the head coach of the team that became the longest-running Super Bowl coach, and Brady, who accomplished the same feat in his position, adding: “You won’t hear any jokes. about that from me. “
Biden thanked the team for their contributions “after such a difficult year” and noted the efforts to help his community during the pandemic.
He turned to the team to make his own appeal to those who have not received a vaccine. “Get one, get one,” he said, making a longer pitch for vaccinations.
Team co-owner Bryan Glazer spoke, followed by an emotional Arians, who explained how the team sacrificed their personal lives to get to the field every week during the pandemic.
Arians explained how the team is guided by trust, loyalty and respect.
“If you have them, you will have a responsibility and you can do whatever you want,” he said, turning to Biden to say, “I hope the Senate and the House start to help you. One team, one cause. “