NFL quarterback Tom Brady joked alongside President BidenJoe BidenAides who clashed with Giuliani intentionally gave him wrong time for Trump debate prep: bookBiden says Eid al-Adha carries ‘special meaning’ amid pandemicManchin to back nominee for public lands chiefMORE at a White House ceremony Tuesday that 40 percent of the country doesnt believe the Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the Super Bowl, alluding to the considerable percentage of Republicans who polls show do not accept Bidens election victory. 

Not a lot of people, you know, think that we could have won, Brady joked. And in fact I think about 40 percent of people still dont think we won.

I understand that, Biden responded, laughing. 

Brady also quipped that people have started calling him Sleepy Tom, a reference to former President TrumpDonald TrumpGreene gets 12-hour Twitter suspension over COVID-19 misinformationAides who clashed with Giuliani intentionally gave him wrong time for Trump debate prep: bookOvernight Defense: Afghan evacuees to be housed at Virginia base | Biden looks to empty GitmoMOREs nickname for Biden during the campaign. 

A Monmouth University poll released in March found that about two-thirds of Republicans do not believe Biden legitimately won the election after Trump repeatedly cast doubt on the results and claimed falsely that there was widespread fraud in the vote.

Biden welcomed the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the White House on Tuesday to celebrate their February victory in Super Bowl LV with a ceremony on the South Lawn. Tampa Bay defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9, only their second victory in the NFL championship game after winning the title in 2003. 

The event was Bradys first visit to the White House in almost a decade. 

Brady, who expressed some support for Trump when he first campaigned in 2016, hadnt attended a trip to the White House to celebrate his team since winning the Super Bowl as a New England Patriot in 2005. Brady won six Super Bowl titles with the Patriots and captured his seventh after joining the Buccaneers for last season. 

Biden took a photo with the team and Brady gifted him a Tampa Bay jersey with the number 46 and the name Biden written on the back. The president delivered brief remarks, commending the teams victory and saying they offered Americans a source of joy during what was a difficult year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In the middle of a long dark winter every Sunday people were able to sit down and watch you play, Biden said.

Dozens of guests White House officials and other guests attended the ceremony, including second gentleman Doug EmhoffDoug EmhoffThe Hill’s 12:30 Report – Presented by Facebook – Merkel visits the White House before stepping downHarris’s stepdaughter makes Paris Fashion Week debutThe Hill’s Morning Report – Biden renews families plan pitch; Senate prepares to bring infrastructure package to floorMORE, White House climate adviser Gina McCarthyGina McCarthyClean electricity standard should be a no brainer amid extreme climate impactsDemocratic senator: Reconciliation package to include clean electricity standardMore than 75 companies ask Congress to pass clean electricity standardMORE and NASA Administrator Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonRubio, Demings rake in cash as Florida Senate race heats upHow transparency on UFOs can unite a deeply divided nationEquilibrium/Sustainability Presented by NextEra Energy NASA head doesn’t think humans ‘alone’ in universeMORE. No one wore masks.

Since his inauguration in January, Biden has welcomed one other professional sports teams to the White House, hosting the Los Angeles Dodgers in June to celebrate their victory in the 2020 World Series. 

The lighthearted events with champion sports teams are a hallmark White House activity, but like other large gatherings have diminished during the coronavirus pandemic. Last month, the Dodgers were the first professional sports team to visit the White House since the onset of the pandemic. 

News broke shortly before the start of the event that a White House staffer and an aide to Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiJim Jordan among McCarthy picks for Jan. 6 panelDemocrat unveils bill to allow only House members to serve as SpeakerVaccinated Florida Republican tests positive for COVID-19MORE (D-Calif.) tested positive for COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated after attending an event together last week.