What Tom Brady Has Said About His Friendship With Donald Trump

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How many times has Brady been to the White House?

Brady, 43, last visited the White House in 2005 during the George W. Bush administration after Super Bowl XXXIX when he clinched his third title as a New England Patriot. Brady celebrated three wins at the White House during Bush's four-year term. BuzzFeed NewsSuper Bowl Champion Tom Brady Is Back At The White House, Again

As Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Brady, 43, and his teammates visited the White House following their Super Bowl win, the sportsman joked about people not believing the Bucs' victory, alluding to fraudulent claims President Joe Biden, 78, was not the legitimate winner over Trump, 75, last year.

"We found our rhythm, we got on a roll. Not a lot of people think that we could've won," Brady said while discussing his team's Super Bowl win on February 7. "In fact, I think about 40 percent of the people still don't think we won."

Brady went on to make another joke about Biden and those that referred to him as "Sleepy Joe"—a name Trump repeatedly called his political opponent.

"We had a game in Chicago where I forgot what down it was. I lost track of one down in 21 years of playing," Brady said. "And they started calling me 'Sleepy Tom.' Why would they do that to me?"

With Trump currently suspended from Twitter, there has been no opportunity for his committed followers—and detractors, alike—to read any off-the-cuff reactions to Brady's jibes from the man himself.

However, it has been well-documented over the years that Brady and Trump have been firm friends since first meeting in 2001, when the real estate mogul asked the footballer to judge a Miss USA competition.

"He became someone who would come up to our games and stand on the sideline and would cheer for the Patriots," Brady told Howard Stern in an interview on his SiriusXM show in 2020. "He always had a way of connecting with people and still does."

Such was Trump's admiration for Brady that he even hoped the star would get together with his then-unmarried daughter, Ivanka Trump.

"I think he's a great character. I got to know him when he was a judge at a jitterbug contest I entered after the Patriots won the Super Bowl," Trump told Playboy in 2004. "He's a winner, and by that I mean every time he needs to make the pass he makes it.

When Trump ran for president against Hillary Clinton in 2015, Brady's support appeared to be unwavering, with a signature Make America Great Again cap was seen in the football star's locker during his time with the New England Patriots.

In September 2015, an ESPN reporter asked Brady: "He's a guy who likes winning like you. You think he's got what it takes?"

"I hope so, that would be great," Brady responded. "There would be a putting green on the White House lawn, I'm sure of that."

The endorsement pleased Trump, who told The Washington Post in a December 2015 interview: "In Massachusetts, I'm at 48 percent. You know why? Tom Brady said Trump's the greatest.

"He says it to anyone who asks him. You know, it's hard for a guy like him to say that. When you're a football player, you don't want to be taking sides in campaigns and having the Hillary [Clinton] people now say you're not as good as Bart Starr. You understand. So Tom Brady is great."

Days later, Brady told WEEI on ESPN: "Donald is a good friend of mine. I have known him for a long time. I support all my friends. That is what I have to say. He's a good friend of mine. He's always been so supportive of me.

"I support all my friends in everything they do. I think it's pretty remarkable what he's achieved in his life. You're going from business, kind of an incredible businessman and then a TV star, and then getting into politics. It's three different career paths. I think that is pretty remarkable."

Despite early support, much conversation surrounding Trump and his political career was deflected by Brady, who is married to supermodel Gisele Bündchen.

During his 2020 interview with Howard Stern, Brady admitted that he grew increasingly uncomfortable with the way his relationship was scrutinized.

"Then the whole political aspect came, and I think I got brought into a lot of those things because it was so polarizing around the election time," Brady said, per People. "It was uncomfortable for me because you can't undo things, not that I would undo a friendship, but political support is a lot different than the support of a friend."

Revealing that he declined an invitation from Trump to appear at the Republican National Convention in 2016, Brady added: "[Trump] wanted me to speak at that convention too, and I wasn't going to do anything political."

While he was invited to the White House by Trump and former President Barack Obama to mark the Patriots' Super Bowl wings in 2015, 2017 and 2019, Brady opted not to attend. Before returning on Tuesday, Brady's last accepted an invitation to the White House in 2005, when George W. Bush was president.

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What we learned from Tom Brady's town hall, including Foxborough return

Boston.com 21 July, 2021 - 07:49pm

By Tom Westerholm

Tom Brady knows his Week 4 return to Gillette Stadium — which he acknowledged will likely be his final trip to Foxborough before the end of his career — is a big moment on next year’s NFL calendar. 

He still doesn’t seem entirely ready to talk about what it will mean to him personally, however.  

In a town hall appearance with Jim Gray on Sirius XM that aired Wednesday, Brady called the attention paid to the Oct. 3 matchup between the Patriots and Buccaneers “natural” given his history with the organization.

“I’m not naive to the fact that there are some marquee games that you always look at over the course of the season,” Brady said. “A matchup of places guys have been vs. where they are now, or brothers playing one another, or former Super Bowl teams … It’s just natural. There’s more build-up.”

But for the bulk of his answer, Brady focused on the Buccaneers. He talked about getting through training camp and the first three weeks of the season, and he said he believes the Buccaneers could still improve even after winning the Super Bowl. 

“I thought we got really good toward the later end of the season, and I thought we were still an ascending football team,” Brady said. “Even when we played in the Super Bowl, I felt like, ‘Man, we left some points out there.’ … I don’t think any of us on our team felt like we were a finished product.”

The most Brady would offer was that the Patriots are a “great organization” with “great players.”

“It’ll be a great opportunity to go back to a place I know as well as anywhere,” Brady said. “It’ll be a great day for football.”

1. Brady no longer lives in former Yankees star Derek Jeter’s house after Jeter sold the property for $22.5 million. As a result, part of Brady’s offseason has been finding a new house. He told Gray the new place belongs to “just a guy we know.” 

“Thank you, Derek,” Brady said. “It was a great year in that house.”

2. Brady enjoyed the Buccaneers’ boat parade in Tampa Bay, something the Patriots could never have put together in the middle of an icy cold New England winter. 

When asked whether his infamous trophy toss was the “best throw or worst throw ever,” Brady called it his “highest-risk toss.”

“Little did I know at the time it was 80 feet of water I guess, had that not been a completion,” Brady said. “Fortunately my boy Cam Brate on the other side of the reception made a great catch. We were all over-served that day, so it could have slipped through his hands and could have been pretty messy. Very happy that wasn’t the case and he made a great catch.”

3. If Brady was evasive when asked about his return to Foxborough, he was doubly evasive when Gray asked if Brady — given his recent golf match with Aaron Rodgers — expects the Packers star to begin the season in Green Bay. 

“I certainly expect him to be playing,” Brady said. “I don’t know the intricate details of that relationship, but it’s hard to find a great quarterback in the NFL. Aaron has been one of the premier quarterbacks since he came in the league.”

In April, ESPN reported that Rodgers no longer wants to play for the Packers, although the organization has publicly expressed a commitment to keeping him.

“In some respects, it’s very difficult to see someone else move on, but at the same time, there’s business elements that nobody really knows, and what was said, and what was thought about or relationships that are important to us emotionally,” Brady said. “I think some things still need to get worked out over the next 2-6 weeks before the opener, but I certainly expect Aaron to play.”

4. Does Brady have any interest in coaching after his playing career?

“No,” Brady said flatly. “That would be the very short answer to a detailed question.”

Brady said he’s often asked about leadership by everyone from kids to players to CEOs, all of whom are interested in how he maintains peak performance. He said he’s happy to pass on knowledge about discipline and teamwork, recognizing all of the people who helped him over the years.

“I definitely don’t want to coach,” Brady said. “Believe me. It’s not what I would ever want to do. I’ve never had the desire to coach. I’ve had the desire to play which is essentially what I’ve done.”

5. Somehow, impossibly, the Brady family does not own any of his rookie cards.

“If anybody thought I’d be playing 22 years beyond the year 2000 when I was signing those rookie cards, that would have been an amazing bet,” Brady said. “We didn’t have the foresight.”

That’s unfortunate for Brady — his signed rookie card sold for $3.1 million in June.

“Whoever got them, congratulations,” Brady said. “Go make that money. Sell it. Hopefully, buy yourself a house.”

6. Brady has often expressed a desire to play until he’s 45. Now, after winning a Super Bowl at 43, the natural follow-up is whether he will continue playing beyond his target age.

“Yeah, I think I’ve got to get to that point first and then just evaluate how I feel and where I’m at with my life,” Brady said. “Things change as you get older. There’s a lot of different responsibilities that I have in my life. My kids and my family are certainly very important, and they made a lot of sacrifices over a long period of time to watch me play. I owe it to them too.”

When asked about working with long-time trainer Alex Guerrero, Brady described the process of making his body more pliable, saying that “the body doesn’t know time.”

“I play because I love the game,” Brady said. “I play because I love to compete. We shouldn’t stop our life when we love something because somebody put an arbitrary timeline on that.”

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Tom Brady Refuses to Reveal Subject of 'Motherf- ' Comment: 'They Know Who They Are' - Sportscasting | Pure Sports

Sportscasting 21 July, 2021 - 12:05pm

Brady sat down for a SiriusXM NFL interview with Jim Gray, revealing more about his free-agency process and his thoughts on returning to Foxboro in a Week 4 matchup against the New England Patriots. He also suggested that the subject of his “motherf—–” statement knows it was directed at them.

Brady was one of the athletes featured in a June episode of The Shop, and he gave football fans quite the soundbite to remember.

The seven-time Super Bowl champion was perhaps the most noteworthy free agent on the open market last spring. However, one mystery team ultimately decided to break things off with Brady and place its trust in a quarterback already on the roster.

Brady said this mystery team was interested in signing him initially but ultimately pivoted. He eventually signed with the Bucs and led Tampa Bay to a Super Bowl title.

The comments led to an abundance of speculation regarding both the team and quarterback Brady appeared to be shooting at. Some hypothesized Brady’s remarks targeted the Las Vegas Raiders and quarterback Derek Carr, though Carr rebuffed that notion.

Brady has never been shy about his trash talk. This time around, though, he has decided to keep things close to the vest.

The 43-year-old did not name-drop the quarterback in question during his interview with Gray. Still, Brady asserted that the person knows the comments were directed at them.

That wasn’t all, though. The Bucs star also put himself in the same category (from a performance perspective) as sporting greats like Michael Jordan and Wayne Gretzky.

“There’s private things for me that are going to remain motivational for me,” Brady told Gray, via Pro Football Talk. “They know who they are … it’s fine. Everyone has a choice to choose. I think what you realize is, there’s not as many smart people as you think. That’s just the reality. I think it’d be a no-brainer if you said, ‘Hey, you’ve got a chance to get Wayne Gretzky on your team, or you got a chance to have Michael Jordan on your team.’ … ‘Oh, we don’t need him, no thanks. We’re good.’”

Brady went on to say he felt that much more motivation to prove to the team that did bet on him, the Bucs, he could still play at the highest level.

Mission accomplished on that front.

The Bucs will have an excellent chance to repeat as Super Bowl champions in 2021.

For starters, Tampa Bay is returning all 22 starters from last year’s roster. The Bucs were able to re-sign the likes of edge-rusher Shaquil Barrett, linebacker Lavonte David, and tight end Rob Gronkowski in part because Brady agreed to an extension that created immediate salary-cap flexibility.

There’s also the idea that Brady figures to have a higher comfort level in his second season running Bruce Arians’ offensive system. Brady’s deep ball looked lackluster at times early in the season, but he seemed to develop a strong handle for the scheme and excelled in the playoffs.

One more thing: Brady should be fully recovered from his MCL injury after undergoing knee surgery earlier this offseason.

Buccaneers fans can thank their lucky stars that TB12 is under center. Meanwhile, the mystery team Brady referenced is likely kicking itself for questioning his abilities.

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