President Joe Biden and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady on Tuesday traded jokes about former President Donald Trump’s attacks on Biden, with Brady comparing them to various criticisms he has sustained from NFL fans.
WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 20: (L-R) U.S. President Joe Biden laughs as quarterback Tom Brady jokes while … [+] speaking as the 2021 NFL Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers are welcomed to the South Lawn of the White House on July 20, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
Speaking in front of the White House to celebrate his Super Bowl win, Brady said “not a lot of people think we could’ve won,” joking, “In fact, I think about 40% of the people still don’t think we won.”
Brady also joked that people labeled him “Sleepy Tom” for losing track of downs during a game in October, a play on Trump’s derisive nickname for Biden: “Sleepy Joe.”
Brady’s friendship with Trump, who once owned a USFL team and has long sought to become an NFL owner, dates back to 2002. “He’s a hell of a lot of fun to play golf with,” Brady said in 2015 after one of Trump’s “Make America Great Again” hats was spotted in his locker, adding, “He obviously appeals to a lot of people.”
“The whole political aspect came, and… it was so polarizing around the election time. It was uncomfortable for me,” Brady said of his friendship with Trump in a radio interview last April, adding that Trump wanted him to speak at the 2016 Republican National Convention but he declined because he “wasn’t going to do anything political.”
53%. That’s the share of Republicans who said in a Reuters/Ipsos poll in May that they view Trump as the “true president,” compared to 25% of all Americans and just 3% of Democrats.