Tom Brady jokes about the election result and ‘sleepy’ nickname at White House


‘I think about forty percent of people still don’t think we won, right Mr. President? Tom Brady jokes about the election result with Biden as Tampa Bay celebrates Super Bowl at the White House

  • Tom Brady joked on Tuesday with President Joe Biden and First Gentleman Doug Emhoff about Donald Trump’s claims he won the 2020 election
  • The football player joined the rest of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the White House to celebrate their Super Bowl victory
  • ‘I think about forty percent of people still don’t think we won, right Mr. President?’ Brady said to Biden
  • The quarterback was joking about Tampa Bay’s modest start to their season 
  • A beaming Biden responded to the joke: ‘I understand that’  

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Tom Brady took aim at Donald Trump‘s denial of the election results and mocked President Joe Biden‘s ‘sleepy’ nickname as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrated their Super Bowl win at the White House on Tuesday. 

‘It didn’t look great there at one point, seven and five struggling a little bit,’ said Brady as he recalled his team’s modest start to the 2020 season.

‘But we found our rhythm got on a roll. Not a lot of people think that we could have won.’  

‘In fact I think about forty percent of people still don’t think we won, right Mr. President?’ said Brady, poking fun at the previous resident of the Oval Office’s election denial. 

A beaming Biden responded: ‘I understand that.’

Tom Brady took aim at Donald Trump’s denial of the election results and mocked President Biden’s ‘sleepy’ nickname as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers celebrated their Super Bowl win at the White House.

'In fact I think about forty percent of people still don’t think we won, right Mr. President?” said Brady, poking fun at the previous resident of the Oval Office

‘In fact I think about forty percent of people still don’t think we won, right Mr. President?’ said Brady, poking fun at the previous resident of the Oval Office

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers gather for the presentation outside the White House for the team celebration on Tuesday

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers gather for the presentation outside the White House for the team celebration on Tuesday

This is the first time an NFL team has visited the White House to mark a Super Bowl victory since 2017, and the first time in 16 years Brady jointed his teammates for the event. 

Brady courted controversy during the 2016 presidential election campaign, displaying Donald Trump’s red MAGA hats in his locker when playing for the New England Patriots. 

But he was happy to poke fun at the previous resident of the White House – and himself, describing how he was ridiculed for making a mistake during a game in Chicago.

‘I lost track of one down in 21 years of playing and they started calling me “Sleepy Tom,”‘ he said.

He was referencing Trump calling Biden ‘sleepy Joe’ throughout the 2020 campaign.

Biden introduced the team by talking about Delaware native and wide receiver Chris Godwin, discussed how he almost went on to play football in college and turned around and said: ‘Any of you who haven’t taken the shot, get it’.

It’s unclear if any of the players on the team are unvaccinated. 

‘We have to say that the fans down in western Florida are having a pretty good this year,’ Biden said, acknowledging how the Tampa Bay Lightning also recently won the Stanley Cup. ‘We’re making a pretty strong case to start calling Tampa the “city of champions.”‘  

On Godwin, Biden said the two talked before the Super Bowl, calling him a ‘star receiver’ and said he was inspiring a ‘whole lots of kids back home in Delaware.’ 

‘Born in Pennsylvania, raised in Delaware, where I come that’s a heck of a combination man,’ Biden said.  

President Joe Biden welcomes the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the White House Tuesday after their 2021 Super Bowl win

President Joe Biden welcomes the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the White House Tuesday after their 2021 Super Bowl win 

President Joe Biden paid particular attention to Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (center) who was born in Pennsylvania and grew up in Delaware, just like the president

President Joe Biden paid particular attention to Buccaneers wide receiver Chris Godwin (center) who was born in Pennsylvania and grew up in Delaware, just like the president 

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