Slightly rueful laughter at the White House, as Tom Brady, the quarterback of the Super Bowl Tampa Bay Buccaneers, thanked Joe Biden for welcoming the team today.
“We were 7&5 struggling a little bit,” Brady said of his team’s season, “… but we found our rhythm, we got on a roll, not a lot of people, you know, think that we could have won.”
That might’ve described Biden’s surge to victory in the Democratic primary after a poor start. But Brady wasn’t finished.
“In fact,” he said, “I think, 40% of people still don’t think we won.”
“I understand that,” said Biden, who won the Super Bowl of politics, a presidential election, by a convincing margin only to find his opponent fuelling belief among a significant portion of Republicans in the lie that his defeat was the result of fraud.
“You understand that, Mr President?” said Brady.
Brady, as it happens, has been close to one Donald J Trump. On Tuesday he said it was “nice to be back” at the White House. But the great quarterback skipped visits after his New England Patriots won the Super Bowl in 2015 and 2017 before the whole team took a pass in 2019.
Last year, Brady discussed his friendship with Trump, which he said predated Trump’s entry to politics, and which he had worked hard to keep that way.
“Yeah well, [Trump] wanted me to speak at [the 2016] convention too,” Brady told Howard Stern. “And I wasn’t going to do anything political.”
He added: “I didn’t want to get into all the political, because 50% of the people feel … there’s zero win in anything with regard to that. It’s politics.”
About 40 Buccaneers players and staff made the trip to the White House on Tuesday, reporters said.