Donald Trump revealed Monday night that New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and the NFL football team’s coach, Bill Belichick, had voted for him.
The Republican nominee made the declaration while campaigning in Manchester, N.H., a state that favors the Boston-based Patriots.
“Tom Brady. Great guy. Great guy. Great guy. Great friend of mine,” Trump began. “Great, great champion. Unbelievable winner. He called today, and he said, ‘Donald, I support you. You’re my friend. And I voted for you.’ And I want to tell you, this guy is a champ. And he’s a winner. And he’s a great person.”
Trump continued, “So I said, ‘So, Tom, you voted for me. You support me. Am I allowed to say this to this massive crowd in New Hampshire? He said, ‘If you want to say it, you can say it. OK?’ Tom. That’s what a champ’s all about.”
In Brady’s weekly spot on WEEI’s “Kirk and Callahan” radio show on Monday morning, the star quarterback said that he not yet cast a ballot. “I haven’t voted yet,” Brady said. “I’m not sure if I’m going to today or tomorrow.” He said he would reveal whom he voted for next week on the show. Early voting ended in Massachusetts on Friday, according to the Boston Globe, but the radio show indicated that he voted via absentee:
Breaking: Tom Brady voted via absentee ballot yesterday morning at 10:09 am in Brookline. pic.twitter.com/6sxkikLAyM
— Kirk and Callahan (@KirkAndCallahan) November 8, 2016
At Trump’s Manchester rally, the candidate also read a letter that he said Belichick had given him.
“Congratulations on a tremendous campaign. You have dealt with an unbelievable, slanted and negative media and have come out beautifully. Beautifully. You have proved to be the ultimate competitor and fighter. Your leadership is amazing,” he read out loud about himself. “Hopefully, tomorrow’s election’s results will give the opportunity to make America great again. Best wishes for great results tomorrow, Bill Belichick,” Trump continued.
Trump has long touted his relationship with Brady, a golfing buddy who at times strained to stay out of tense presidential politics. But Brady has also hinted that he’s a Trump supporter and said last year that he had one of the celebrity businessman’s campaign hats in his locker.
Dylan Stableford contributed to this report.