On Tuesday, President Biden welcomed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the White House to recognize their team for winning the Super Bowl LV Championship in February. In attendance were the First Gentlemen Doug Emhoff, head coach Bruce Arians, Tom Brady, and the rest of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers team.
“This Buccaneers team is a testament to the fact that is never too late, to come together and achieve extraordinary things.”
Biden tells of how three quarters away through the season the Buccaneers found themselves in the middle of the pack, with seven wins and five losses. He called them a team “That didn’t fold, and always got up dug deep.”
The Buccaneers won the last four games in the season and then stormed through the playoffs, winning in Washington, New Orleans, and Green Bay and winning the Super Bowl in Tampa, where they became the first team to win the Super Bowl on their home turf.
The Buccaneers beat the Kansa City Chiefs back in February of this year.
While Biden took the time to recognize how “well rounded” the Buccaneers team is, he also gave a special shoutout to the team’s “star” receiver, Chris Godwin, who is from President Biden’s home state of Delaware.
“Chris, you’re inspiring a whole lot of kids back home in Delaware,” said Biden.
The President acknowledged how it was good for the nation to sit down and watch the team play football every Sunday, during such a hard and difficult time of the pandemic.
“You created memories that helped folks make it through, and believe that we could get back to normal again, and you did it as a team,” expressed Biden.
Biden also makes note of all the accomplishments the team has made off the field. He expressed his amazement for the Buccaneers to be the first team to have two females in coaching positions.
The President also recognized the team for donating millions of meals to families in need and helping Americans exercise their sacred right to vote, including at the Raymond James Stadium. Biden also expressed how the Buccaneers stadium became “a lifeline” for families in Tampa Bay this spring administering nearly 200,000 vaccine shots.
Biden turned around to the team and said, “And y’all who don’t have a shot, man. Get one, okay. Get one get one.”
Biden continued to thank the NFL for setting up strong vaccination goals so fans can go see a game without it becoming a super spreader event.
“Getting vaccinated is about staying healthy and understanding that no one is invincible. Even if you are young and you’re fit. It’s about looking out for those front-line workers out there like the ones that the team played in front of on Super Bowl Sunday,” said Biden.
The President added that, “Those workers remind us of a quintessential lesson about sports in America itself, that no matter how much and how many times we get knocked down, we always get up. We come back stronger together and achieve incredible things. Just like your team did. Just like we’re doing as a country.”
Bryan Glazer, Tampa Bay Buccaneers co-owner, made a few remarks at the White House. He told of how despite this being the Buccaneers’ second championship, this is their first time visiting the White House.
“It’s only fitting that as we enter the 46th season in Tampa Bay Buccaneer history, that we celebrate it with the 46th President of the United States. We start this season with only one goal in mind, is to come back here next summer, and spend a Super Bowl victory again with you,” said Glazer.
Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians, gave a small remark stating, “We live by three words, trust, loyalty, and respect. We don’t have any rules. If you have those, you’ll have accountability, and you’ll be able to do anything you want. One team, one cause. I hope the Senate and the House start helping you. One team, one cause.”
Tom Brady on the election
Star quarterback and household name Tom Brady, who many believe was a Trump supporter, also made some remarks at the White House today.
“It was actually a very challenging season for a lot of reasons, but we bonded together. We worked really hard, we put all our individual agendas aside and we came together as a team. And sports has an amazing way of bringing people together.”
Tom Brady has won seven Super Bowl Championships in his football career.
As Brady thanked President Biden, the team gifted him with a football jersey that said “Biden” and the number 46 on the back.
For the rest of the day at the White House, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers team will be spending time playing football with some of the White House interns on the lawn.