Biden Hosts Super Bowl Champion Buccaneers & Tom Brady At White House
President Joe Biden hosted Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the 2021 Super Bowl champions, at the White House on Tuesday. The team’s captain, Tom Brady, presented Biden with an honorary jersey.
It is traditional for the Super Bowl champions to visit the White House after a win.
“This is the final weekend before [Buccanners] training camp. White House appearance with the Super Bowl champs Tues., SB ring ceremony Thursday, players report/physicals Sat., first workout Sunday. Should be an interesting 2021 season,” the NFL’s Rick Stroud tweeted.
This is the final weekend before #Bucs training camp. White House appearance with the Super Bowl champs Tues., SB ring ceremony Thursday, players report/physicals Sat., first workout Sunday. Should be an interesting 2021 season.
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) July 17, 2021
Biden’s predecessor, former President Donald Trump, had created some drama for the league with past visits.
The last time that the NFL champion was invited to the White House was in 2017. In 2018, the Philadelphia Eagles, which was the Super Bowl champion that year, were not invited by Trump, who complained about the players taking a knee during the National Anthem, calling them “disrespectful.”
Since then, the Super Bowl champions have not attended the traditional White House event.
The New England Patriots, the 2019 Super Bowl champion, did not accept the invitation from the White House, though both parties denied that it had anything to do with their political tension.
In 2020, Trump sent congratulatory remarks to Kansas City for their Super Bowl victory. The champions did not attend the White House celebration due to COVID-19.
The Tuesday’s ceremony also indicates the White House’s confidence in reopening traditional events and ceremonies that were mostly halted last year due to the pandemic.
Earlier in July, Biden has also invited the Los Angeles Dodgers, the World Series Champion of 2020, to the White House. The champion also presented Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris with its team uniforms.