It was perhaps the oldest combined President / Coach / Quarter collection to celebrate a Super Bowl champion in the White House.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers probably wouldn’t have done it any other way.
The jokes flew Tuesday as 78-year-old president Joe Biden greeted the Super Bowl LV-winning Bucs with a 31-9 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Biden credited “the incredible run of one of the most complete teams in recent memory,” pointing to the Bucs’ teamwork, the rebound from a 7-5 start to the season and how they overcame the challenges to play throughout the season with coronavirus restrictions in place.
Tune in as I welcome the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the White House to honor the team for their Super Bowl LV Championship.
– President Biden (@POTUS) July 20, 2021
Biden then mocked his age before introducing Bucs coach Bruce Arians, 68, and quarterback Tom Brady, who turns 44 on August 3.
“You know, there’s a lot of talk about the fact that we have the oldest coach to ever win a Super Bowl and the oldest quarterback to win a Super Bowl,” Biden said. “Well, I’ll tell you right away. You won’t hear any jokes about it from me. As far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing wrong with being the oldest guy to reach the top of the mountain. “
Biden also sent a special thank you to another Delawarian, wide receiver Chris Godwin.
“And more importantly, you have a star receiver from Delaware,” Biden said amid laughter from Godwin’s teammates. “I’m prejudiced about that. Born in Pennsylvania and raised in Delaware. Where I’m from, that’s a hell of a combination, man.”
Things got a little serious, too, as Biden thanked the Bucs organization for its community efforts – including providing meals to families in need – and helping Americans exercise their “sacred right to vote” at Raymond. James Stadium, which has become a “lifeline” by administering nearly 200,000 vaccines against the coronavirus.
“And all of you who are unlucky, man, take one, okay?” Biden told the team. “Take one, take one.”
the Bucs also took advantage of social media to document their visit: