Brady, Bucs visit Biden at the White House
Tom Brady embraced his inner comedian to deliver jokes at old friend Donald Trump’s expense Tuesday when he and the Super Bowl-winning Tampa Bay Buccaneers visited President Joe Biden at the White House, the first visit by the reigning NFL champions since 2017.
The seven-time Super Bowl champion who once was gifted a “Make America Great Again” hat from Trump that he displayed in his locker at Gillette Stadium compared those backing Trump’s false assertion that he won the 2020 election to people who couldn’t believe the underdog Buccaneers beat the Kansas City Chiefs.
“Not a lot of people think that we could have won, and in fact I think about 40% of the people still don’t think we won,” Brady said. “You understand that, Mr. President?”
“I understand that,” Biden responded.
Brady also played off Trump’s derisive “Sleepy Joe” nickname for Biden when talking about a time he forgot what down it was.
“I lost track of one down in 21 years of playing, and they started calling me ‘Sleepy Tom,’” Brady said with a grin. “Why would they do that to me?”
It was Brady’s first visit since 2005 with the New England Patriots when George W. Bush was in office. Brady has won the Super Bowl during four different administrations but skipped visits by the Patriots in 2015 with Barack Obama and 2017 with Trump. The Patriots as a team chose not to attend after winning in 2019. (AP)
Rams RB Akers tears Achilles: Rams running back Cam Akers is out indefinitely after tearing his Achilles tendon in an offseason training session.
The Rams confirmed the injury Tuesday, one week before veterans report to training camp.
Akers was expected to be the Rams’ starter in the backfield after coming on late in his outstanding rookie season. Akers had 272 yards from scrimmage in the Rams’ two playoff games, capping his rookie year with some of his best play. (AP)
Steelers sign Ingram, Green: The Pittsburgh Steelers added depth at outside linebacker and offensive line on the eve of training camp, signing free agents Melvin Ingram and Chaz Green to one-year deals Tuesday.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
The 32-year-old Ingram was a three-time Pro Bowler during his nine seasons with the Chargers.
Green, 29, has appeared in 37 games for three teams during his five-year career. Green played in 15 games last season for Indianapolis. (AP)
Okafor returns to Chiefs: Veteran defensive end Alex Okafor has signed a one-year deal to return to the Kansas City Chiefs, just days before the first players begin reporting for training camp.
The Chiefs did not disclose financial terms in announcing the deal Tuesday.
The 30-year-old Okafor has 30 sacks and 183 tackles in eight NFL seasons, including the past two with the Chiefs. He joined the club as a free agent from New Orleans in March 2019, signing a three-year, $18 million contract. (AP)
Jets assistant in critical condition: New York Jets assistant coach Greg Knapp was hit by a car while riding his bicycle in California in a “horrific” crash over the weekend.
Knapp was struck Saturday in the city of San Ramon, in the San Francisco Bay Area. The 58-year-old longtime NFL assistant was hospitalized and was in critical condition Tuesday, Lt. Tami Williams of the San Ramon Police Department said.
The accident happened at close to 3 p.m. and the driver involved is cooperating with the investigation, Williams said in a statement.
The nature of Knapp’s injuries was not immediately known, and Williams said in an email she couldn’t release any other details. (AP)
Coach Sanders walks out on media: Jackson State coach Deion Sanders walked out of the Southwestern Athletic Conference media day in Birmingham, Ala., after a reporter twice called him by his first name.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame cornerback/return man and second-year head coach compared it to calling Alabama coach Nick Saban “Nick.”
“You don’t call Nick Saban, ‘Nick.’ Don’t call me Deion,” Sanders said Tuesday, according to the Jackson Clarion Ledger.
Alabama A&M quarterback Aqeel Glass (Lutheran North) was picked to repeat as SWAC Offensive Player of the Year. Last year, Glass guided the Bulldogs to their first league title since 2006. He completed 67 of 113 passes for 1,084 yards and 13 TDs. He was a finalist for the Walter Payton Award for the nation’s top FCS player. (AP)