Like him or not, Tom Brady will go down in the history books as one of the best signal callers to ever play in the National Football League.
Unlike the LeBron James of the world of sports, Brady has largely kept his political leanings private.
Of course, there was that time sports reporters had a meltdown when a MAGA hat was spotted in his locker back in 2015.
Brady became the target of endless attacks over the hat, with the press incessantly demanding he disavow Trump.
Nevertheless, Brady stood pat and displayed the same hallmark composure under pressure as he would on the field which has earned him the GOAT label in so many fans’ eyes.
In response, he simply left it at outright calling Trump a friend, saying “Can I just stay out of this debate? 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.”
Prior to the 2021 Super Bowl, some even suggested that if Brady led his team to victory that he don his MAGA hat at the White House in front of Joe Biden.
If Tom Brady wins, he should wear his MAGA hat when Biden invites him to the White House
Or just go golfing with Trump instead pic.twitter.com/h5Xw5xdzKL
— Courtney Holland 🇺🇸 (@hollandcourtney) February 8, 2021
His remarks raised eyebrows when he showed up at the White House for the traditional Super Bowl champs’ visit that year, with some thinking he was taking a swipe at Trump.
The back story to Brady’s mocking of Trump’s election lies and dismissing the acuity smears against Biden: Brady previously admitted to friendship with Trump and a MAGA hat showed up in his locker. pic.twitter.com/QNlX8fCRMf
— Keith Olbermann⌚️ (@KeithOlbermann) July 20, 2021
But all those folks may have been completely off base as to the target of his jokes.
And now Brady may have to clear them up.
Because Brady’s odds of joining his friend Donald Trump on the 2024 Presidential ticket shouldn’t be all that far behind Nikki Haley’s.
What’s next for Donald Trump and Nikki Haley?
Donald Trump defeated Nikki Haley in the New Hampshire primary by double digits on Monday.
The loss was a massive setback for the establishment’s hand-picked candidate in the 2024 GOP primary – and while she so-far has refused to suspend her campaign, the loss effectively ends the primary contest.
Now the former President’s sights are firmly set on incumbent President Joe Biden.
And the question everyone is asking is:
Who will join Trump on the Republican Presidential ticket?
Now, the betting odds are in, and the former UN Ambassador will not be pleased to see where she stakes up in the race to be Trump’s running mate.
Could Tom Brady or Peyton Manning join Trump’s ticket?
Many political pundits have been speculating for months that Haley’s presidential campaign is little more than an audition for the second spot on the ticket.
In reality, Haley and her backers are interested in getting whatever power they can seize.
Haley should drop out and endorse Trump.
Of course, she’s not because she’s hoping Trump gets convicted and the establishment can regain control.
In reality, talk of her joining Trump on the ticket should be regarded as exactly what it is – a play by the establishment to retain control if Trump returns to the Oval Office.
But according to online sportsbook Bovada’s new odds, Haley has already wasted a lot of time and tens of millions of dollars.
Haley doesn’t even finish in the final four in the betting odds as to whom Trump will pick to join him on the ticket.
However, there are a couple of interesting names on the list.
Brady nearly made it into the top 10 as the most likely Trump running mate, with +15,000 odds.
That means, if you were to place a $100 bet with Bovada on Trump tapping the quarterback legend to be his next Vice President and Brady does end up on the ticket, you would win $15,000.
Right behind Brady is his long-time gridiron rival, Peyton Manning at +20,000 odds.
Brady and Manning – two of the best to ever play the quarterback position – have both hinted at rightward political leanings and both have had friendships with the 45th President of the United States.
Who is Trump’s most likely running mate?
However, the signal callers aren’t the most likely choices.
That honor belongs to Republican Governor Kristi Noem of South Dakota.
Noem was heavily rumored to run in the GOP primary, but stayed out of the race, citing Trump’s likelihood of winning.
Noem also endorsed Trump relatively early in the process.
Bovada has her as the frontrunner for the Veep spot with +300 odds.
In second was former candidate Vivek Ramaswamy at +600.
Next is Trump’s former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson and Trump loyalist, House Republican Conference Chair, 39-year-old Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York who are tied at +700.
Haley is all the way down in a tie for fifth with new Alabama Senator Katie Britt at +900.
That means Bovada’s odds-making experts believe Noem to be three-times more likely to be selected as Trump’s running mate than Haley.
Also making the list is Republican Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida at +1,500, Robert F. Kennedy Jr at +2,500, former Vice President Mike Pence at +5,000, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump at +10,000 each, and Kanye West also at +10,000.
The GOP convention is scheduled for July 15, Trump’s selection will come sometime before then.