Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady cracked a pair of election jokes Tuesday, poking fun by comparing his team unimaginable Super Bowl victory to the 2020 election results and mocking President Biden’s “Sleepy Joe” nickname.
Brady, the only Bucs player who spoke during the ceremony outside the White House South Lawn made reference that included a subliminal reference eluding football fans who still believe that Tampa Bay, after having a modest 2020 season record was a team that didn’t deserve to play or win the 2021 Super Bowl, tying those football critics to the 2020 election deniers.
“It didn’t look great there at one point. We were seven and five struggling a little bit, as the President alluded to. But we found a rhythm, we got on a roll,” Brady said.
“Not a lot of people think that we could have won,” Brady added. “In fact, I think about 40 percent of the people still don’t think we won.”
“I understand that,” Biden quickly interjected, drawing chuckles from the crowd.
“You understand that, Mr. President?” Brady followed up to which Biden reiterated, “I understand that.”
The quarterback G.O.A.T (Greatest Of All Time) and Super Bowl MVP also recounted the Bucs’ Week 5 game against the Chicago Bears last October where he apparently forgot what down it was on the field, joking that people began ridiculing and labeling him “Sleepy Tom,” a reference to former President Trump’s nickname mocking Biden throughout the 2020 election, infamously dubbing him “Sleepy Joe.”
“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?” Brady joked.
Biden responded saying, “I don’t know!”
The president hosted a celebration honoring the Bucs winning Super Bowl LV earlier this year. Biden, who is the oldest president sworn-in at age 78 noted how both Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians and Brady were the oldest coach and quarterback, respectively, to win the Super Bowl.
“You know a lot is 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. Well I’ll tell you right now, you won’t hear any jokes about that from me,” Biden said. “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.”
Turning to Brady, Biden continued that the quarterback looked like he had “20 more years left” in him.
“And making it to 10 Super Bowls in the last 20 years, that ain’t bad man,” Biden added. “We’ve never seen anything like you in the game.”
Brady and the Buccaneers then presented the President with a white Football that featured the No. 46.
Tuesday’s visit was also Brady’s first trip to the White House in over 16 years with his last participation being in 2005 when President George W. Bush was in office. The seven-time Super Bowl quarterback chose not to attend the traditional White House ceremony during both the Obama and Trump presidencies back in 2015 and 2017 respectively. Prior to Tuesday’s visit, Brady had only attended 3 of his previous 6 championships win as quarterback with the New England Patriots.
The Bucs visited the White House on Tuesday to celebrate their Super Bowl victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. Tampa Bay is also the first team to ever win the Super Bowl at a home stadium, defeating the Chiefs 31-9.
One noticeable absence was Bucs tight end player Rob Gronkowski, who Biden referred to as a “legendary tight end.”
Gronkowski, who also played for the Patriots alongside Brady, famously crashed Trump’s press secretary Sean Spicer’s White House press briefing during the team’s visit back in 2017.
It is also the first time since 2017 a reigning Super Bowl champion team has visited the White House to celebrate their championship win. In 2018, Trump uninvited the Philadelphia Eagles from a planned White House celebration, citing players refusal to stand for the national anthem. The former president hosted an event to “celebrate America” in replacement of the White House Super Bowl celebration.