Is Tom Brady Going to the White House After Winning the Super Bowl?
The Super Bowl just happened this last weekend and fans are already wondering: “Will Tom Brady visit the White House?”
It’s not just fans; the reporters are asking as well. Most recently NBC10 asked the six-time champ whether he would be attending. So, did Brady give reporters the answer they were looking for?
It is a long-standing tradition for championship teams to be invited to the White House
The history of teams visiting the White House is nothing new. Two amateur baseball teams were invited to visit during President Andrew Johnson’s presidency in 1865. The first NFL team to be invited to the White House was in 1985 when President Reagan invited the Super Bowl Champion Chicago Bears (they didn’t visit the White House until 2011 because their original visit was canceled due to the Challenger explosion).
The most recent team to visit the White House was the Clemson Tigers after winning the College Football National Championship. The visit made headlines after the team was served fast food during their stay. In 2017 the World Series Champion Houston Astros visited as did the Men’s Basketball Champions, the North Carolina Tar Heels.
Teams have declined a visit before (and been uninvited)
In the past, there have been many athletes that have declined a visit to the White House, including Brady. In 2017, after Super Bowl LI, Brady and his teammates were invited to visit. Brady and 11 other teammates decided to forego the visit. While some of his teammates cited differences with the president as their reason to skip the visit, Brady said he had personal family issues to attend to.
In 2018, the Philadelphia Eagles were uninvited after it became apparent that many players were going to skip the visit. The 2017 NBA Champion Golden State Warriors were also uninvited.
In the past, other invitations were rescinded, but not because of the team’s desire to attend. In 1991, the New York Giants didn’t go to the White House because the US had just entered the Gulf War. President George W. Bush and President Bill Clinton also had to pass on inviting Super Bowl Champs due to war and Middle East negotiations.
Brady has shown support for President Trump
Many fans were surprised when Brady passed up the White House visit in 2017, as Brady is a long-time friend of President Trump. In 2015, Brady made headlines for being seen with a “Make America Great Again” hat in his locker. The quarterback confirmed that he indeed did have the hat and that he has been friends with Trump for a long time.
Brady was given the hat by Robert Kraft, the Patriots owner. It was a gift from Trump. Brady said that he first met the President in 2002 when he was a judge at one of Trump’s beauty competitions. Brady has said that the pair has spent a lot of time on the golf course together.
Will Tom Brady visit the White House?
Several Patriots players have already said they will not be going to the White Houseincluding safeties Devin McCourty and Duron Harmon. Cornerback Jason McCourty said it is unlikely that he will attend. Brady was recently asked whether he plans to visit the White House this year. His answer? A quick, “Next Question.” Whether he will attend is yet to be seen.
For now, Brady says he most looks forward to spending time with his family whom he credits with getting him where he is today. Brady is married to supermodel Gisele Bündchen and has three kids. As for plans to retire, he says he’s not quite ready to do that yet.