Joe Biden loves sports, he played football in high school as a halfback and wide receiver where he stood out as a decent baller. He has helped pushed various sporting initiatives such as the U.S. Soccer bid for the 2022 World Cup and the USWNT search for equal pay. After the US Election 2020, in which Biden defeated Donald Trump to win presidency, we made a list with his favorite sports teams.
He is also a casual sports fan growing up in Scranton, Pennsylvania, he is a Phillies and Eagles fan, having gone to many games and he even threw out the first pitch at an Orioles game. He is also a New York Yankees fan due to his grandfather who loved the Yankees.
Biden is an all-around sports guy, you can see him at MLB, MLS, and NFL games. Cheering on his favorite teams and also using sports as a springboard for social changes, like his support for the US Women to get equal pay within the U.S. Soccer landscape or his stance on Black Lives Matter. Here is an overview of Joe Biden’s public sports moments with the teams he loves.
Biden’s love for the Phillies comes from his wife who is from Philadelphia, as Vice-President he always went to games, cheering his team on in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series against the Giants and again in 2011 in the National League Division Series.
Joe Biden was on the field when the Eagles won the Super Bowl in 2018, he was extremely proud of the team and told the local news station just how he felt. The Eagles gave him a standing ovation during a first kick celebration, which he regards as a proud moment, for not getting booed by the harsh Philadelphia sports fans.
New York Yankees
While a Phillies fan, he has admitted having a soft spot for the New York Yankees because of his grandfather and the fact that when he moved to Delaware at age 10 there was no local team. It was the 1950s and Mickey Mantle was his idol and the Yankees were the best team in Baseball.
U.S. Soccer teams
Biden was in Brazil in the 2014 World Cup cheering on the USMNT in their opening game win against Ghana. He would later push to have the U.S. be awarded the 2022 World Cup, but the cup went to Qatar instead. Biden is an advocate of equal rights and even threatened the U.S. Soccer Federation to pull funding for the 2026 World Cup if the women don’t get equal pay as the men.
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