While this event was once a time-honored tradition for Super Bowl champions, it’s certainly become less than that in recent years. Just like each of the other Super Bowl-winning teams during his term as president, Brady and his title-winning Patriots team rejected Donald Trump’s invitation back in 2019.
This time though, Brady would not refuse.
The 2020-21 Tampa Bay squad marks the first team to accept the president’s invitation since 2017.
With the Buccaneers’ attendance earlier today, the honor of visiting the White House after a major title win seems to have been restored.
President Biden thanked the Bucs for accepting his invitation.
“Thanks @Buccaneers for stopping by the White House today,” he wrote on Twitter. “Your team is the embodiment of a quintessential lesson about sports and about America itself. That no matter how much we get knocked down – we get up.”
The Bucs responded with gratitude of their own — hinting at a potential return in the near future.
“Thanks for having us, @POTUS. Let’s do it again soon,” the team wrote.
Thanks for having us, @POTUS. Let's do it again sometime soon.
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) July 20, 2021
In addition to this clear mutual respect, the Bucs and the president shared some laughs today as well. During his time on the mic, Brady cracked a few jokes about election results and age.
“Not a lot of people think that we could have won, and in fact I think about 40% of the people still don’t think we won,” Brady joked. “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 they do that to me?”
As they enter their 46th season as a franchise, the Buccaneers gifted the 46th president the traditional No. 46 Tampa Bay jersey.
With a fully reloaded roster, including a 43-year-old Brady still at the helm, the Bucs will look to make another trip to the White House in 2022.