It was a historic day for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ franchise on Tuesday as the defending Super Bowl champs visited the White House to meet with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
The Bucs’ 2002 Super Bowl winning team did not go to the White House after they won it, so this is the first time in team history that Tampa Bay came to visit in Washington D.C. to meet the president.
A majority of the Bucs players were in attendance for the event. This included Tom Brady, Chris Godwin, Devin White, Vita Vea, Shaq Barrett and more. Thanks to the lovely device that is social media, many of the players documented their experience at the White House.
Right off the get-go, Donovan Smith may have had the quote of the day when he got Brady onto his instagram story. Due to his seven Super Bowl victories, Brady has been invited many times, so Smith asked Brady if he had a residency here.
#Bucs at The @WhiteHouse, as Donovan Smith jokes w/ QB Tom Brady… “You got residency here?”😂
Devin White is never one to shy away from the spotlight as we know. He ended up giving a full tour of every room that he saw, giving a full commentary with it. This included a look of the red room, which White seemed to be mesmerized by. The tour ended with White noticing that head coach Bruce Arians was tired, and White gave him a pep talk saying “B.A! Get up!”
There was live music inside the White House as well, which was documented by defensive tackle Rakeem Nunez-Roches. The Bucs seemed to be enjoying the tunes on the piano while they walked from room to room. You can watch that video here.
Maybe the best dressed of the whole team was Scotty Miller, who opted to go with the bow-tie look for the event. As Bucs team reporter Carmen Vitali pointed out, as much fun as Miller and the players were having, it was Arians that was most happy to see the players enjoying themselves.
Following a walkthrough of the White House, it was time to meet President Biden. The leader of the free world gave a speech to the players in which he said that Tampa has made a “strong case” to be called the city of champions. He also singled out Chris Godwin, who Biden is particularly a fan of since they are both from Delaware. Godwin and Biden shook hands mid-speech.
President Biden gave a special shout-out to WR Chris Godwin during his speech today as the #Bucs visited the White House. They both are from Delaware.
Biden mentioned as well that Tampa is making a “pretty strong case” to be called the City of Champions
After Biden spoke, Brady then addressed the POTUS. First, he thanked the president and everyone involved for hosting them on the day. Then after complimenting his teammates for working together and preserving throughs the season, Brady poked some fun at himself for forgetting what down it was at the end of the Bucs-Bears Thursday night game.
“I lost one track of downs in 21 years of playing,” Brady said. “And they started calling me Sleepy Tom. Why would they do that to me?”
The Bucs presented Biden with a number 46 Bucs jersey once Brady’s speech was over. Arians got up next for a brief speech and then he along with Ndamukong Suh and Ali Marpet spoke with the local media on what it meant to be at this event. You can see the video from Greg Auman below.
Bucs coach Bruce Arians talks about how special the White House visit was today, even on a hot July day in D.C. pic.twitter.com/uYsG8eyuyO