“Hope you all know how important it was for, after such a difficult year for the nation, in the middle of a long and dark winter, every Sunday people could sit and watch you play” Mr. Biden said. mentionned. “You made memories that helped people get away with it and believe we could get back to normal. And you did it as a team, trailblazer, including the first team with two women in full-time coaching positions. “
In February, the BoucaniersKansas City Chiefs 31-9 to claim Super Bowl LV victory. The victory gave quarterback Tom Brady – who had spent the previous 20 seasons with the New England Patriots – his seventh championship, adding to his record for most Super Bowl wins by a football player. Tuesday’s visit marked Brady’s first White House celebration since 2005, when he and the Patriots won three titles in four years.
Mr Biden called Tampa Bay the city of “champions” and pointed to the incredible rise of the midfield team during the regular season to the Super Bowl champions, saying the team has proven it it was never too late to accomplish extraordinary things.
Mr Biden also highlighted the team’s philanthropic efforts, including donating millions of meals to those who suffer from food insecurity and using their stadium as a polling station and vaccination center, where nearly 200,000 COVID-19 vaccines have been administered.
Traditionally, the Buccaneers presented Mr. Biden with a commemorative jersey with “Biden” emblazoned with the number 46 on the back.
Brady has exchanged several jokes with Mr Biden about the team’s unlikely trip, including information about Americans mistakenly believing Mr Biden did not win the presidential election.
“Not many people think we could have won. And in fact, I think about 40% of people still don’t think we won, ”Brady said, with laughter.
“I understand that,” Biden added with a smile.
Brady also recalled a blunder on his part that resulted in the Bucs losing a regular season game and the three-time MVP was given a nickname that reflected the “Sleepy Joe” nickname used by former President Donald Trump against Mr. Biden. during the 2020 campaign.
“We had a game in Chicago where I forgot what it was,” Brady said. “I lost track of a down in 21 years of playing, and they started calling me ‘Sleepy Tom’. Why would they do this to me? “