Bill Belichick uses White House trip to make larger points

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It’s easy to view Patriots coach Bill Belichick as a football automaton, a man so focused on his job that saying “We’re on to Cincinnati” isn’t a tactic, it’s a way of life.

But in a pair of acts yesterday, Belichick established himself as a man with an emotional side as well.

Via Jeff Howe of the Boston Herald, Belichick made his own subtle personal statement yesterday, wearing an Armenian flag pin on his label.

Today is the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, when 1.5 million of their people were killed by the Ottoman Turks during World War I.

Belichick has a number of Armenian friends, and the pin was described as a personal statement rather than political.

He also took a busload of players to the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center before their visit to the White House. The team began doing that after winning Super Bowl XXXVI.

“The first year we did this, we went over to Walter Reed and started a tradition that we’ve continued and we had a chance to do it this year,” owner Robert Kraft said. “We’ve realized what a great country this is and how thankful we are to be here. We celebrate sports today, but we also celebrate what’s great about America, being at that hospital and seeing those men.”

Belichick has made similar trips before, taking his team to Naval Medical Center in San Diego in December to see wounded veterans.

So as good as they are at football, it’s a solid reminder for all of them and all of us that there are actual heroes out there as well.

61 responses to “Bill Belichick uses White House trip to make larger points

  1. I can only imagine how emotional and difficult it is visiting wounded veterans. I know there will be plenty of nonsense Pats-hater comments under this story, but it’s undeniable that this was a good deed that not everyone would’ve done.

  2. Bill has done what is unique in the NFL. He has has both won and endured for decades while being his own man, not a sellout.

    These gestures of appreciation, similar to bringing out his players as a team back in the 2001 season’s super bowl (the first time it had been done), reflect his true character.

  3. Hmm I though the only reporting allowed about the Pats White House trip was this feckless bumbletard Obama’s ‘sick burn’ about deflategate.

    The only part that wasn’t covered about his lame joke was the fact that it totally fell flat.

  4. Great move with the Armenian flag pin. Everyone knows about the Holocaust but the Armenian genocide is strangely under taught in academic curriculum.

  5. Press Conference Belichick is an act. He knows those mandatory sessions are a farce and refuses to play along. He does the same thing in other areas, like finding the rattiest sweatpants and hoodie that still comply with the league’s mandatory licensed apparel for coaches, and then cutting the sleeves off as a little extra. It’s that total focus on coaching that got him here, unlike folks like Rex Ryan that buy into the circus performer roles that the league thinks are good for business.

  6. “It’s easy to view Patriots coach Bill Belichick as a football automaton, a man so focused on his job that saying “We’re on to Cincinnati” isn’t a tactic, it’s a way of life.”

    Only for those with blind hatred or an inability to see beyond the media’s caricature of the man. Read Mike Reiss and you will find out that Bill is a very interesting man. A football genius and a master tactician but also every bit as human as the rest of us, with mistakes, flaws, frustrations, and yes even happiness.

  7. The haters will twist this to anti Patriots comments

    Shame on them

    But Belichick and all Patriots and their fans couldn’t care less

    True champions

  8. IT WAS A GENOCIDE AND SHOULD BE RECOGNIZED AS SUCH! WE SHOULD SAY “NEVER AGAIN” AND MEAN IT. PRAY FOR CHRISTIANS, ESPECIALLY THE PERSECUTED. Thanks, Coach Belichick

  9. I don’t think Bil really sees the need to prove to the media that he is a good guy. But there are lots of stories like this, typically behind the scenes, that indicate he is am engaging, decent, good person.

  10. Pats fan here, Kraft looks like a joker in those shoes. He obviously is caught up in a youth phase !

  11. Anyone that doesn’t respect Bill Belichick isn’t paying attention. He doesn’t talk to the press because it doesn’t help his team to do so…. the Press LOVES Rex Ryan. Do the math.

  12. zuzus petals says:
    Apr 24, 2015 9:07 AM
    Anyone that doesn’t respect Bill Belichick isn’t paying attention. He doesn’t talk to the press because it doesn’t help his team to do so…. the Press LOVES Rex Ryan. Do the math.
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    Dude let it go. You will still beat the Bills this year.

  13. Imagine if BB showed up with the sleeves cut off of that suit? He would have risen beyond legendary to supernatural being.

  14. Robert Kraft shoes – Kraft has foot problems. He wears those sneakers because they inhibit the pain. If you have foot problems & find something that works, you wear them all the time. I am speaking from experience.

  15. Nice, feel-good stories like this taint the Dark Lord of Football’s reputation. Before you know it, people will be thinking he’s just a normal nice guy.

  16. Ralphie says:Apr 24, 2015 9:25 AM

    Imagine if BB showed up with the sleeves cut off of that suit? He would have risen beyond legendary to supernatural being.

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    Still laughing – best comment of the day

  17. LIKE…

    My Team making me proud … not for what they do on the field … but off it!!! A display of pure class and respect.

    BB’s coaching roots where planted at the US Naval Academy. He has a long history of respect for American service man & women.

  18. Kraft’s sneakers are special edition Air Force Ones. Sale of the shoes generates money for Boys & Girls Club. It’s OK though, you guys can still hate on him and call him names.

  19. Given the salary cap arguably the Most impressive run of success since 1994 in the history of professional sports. Can’t say much more (better) than that

  20. I actually like and respect Kraft and Belichick, but whether Kraft’s casual shoes are for charitable purposes or not, wearing them to the White House to see the President shows disrespect for the office and the privilege granted to visit.

  21. Bill’s right hand man and one of most trusted advisers is Berj Najarian, of Armenian decent. That coupled that with Bill grew up at the Naval Academy can see where his loyalty stems from with what he did.

  22. The Patriot hater/loser/whiners’ tears of jealousy and unrequited rage and bitterness make their immature faces shiny. Patriots: living in the haters’ minds this century.

  23. gotitan says:
    Apr 24, 2015 9:15 AM

    ****Tainted

    Ask the vet’s in those hospitals what they think of that.

    Belichick has always had his teams quietly do things like this, and visiting sick kids. Not many other teams are doing that. Can you tell me when your Titans last did?

  24. The Patriots go into the community every Tuesday to visit schools, hospitals, fund raising organizations etc. It is all part of being a member of this team. I feel incredible pride when driving by the stadium and looking up at the words “Home of the New England Patriots” Thank you Mr Kraft, Coach Belichick and all the players and staff who have made these years so much fun.

  25. Wearing sneakers to see the president is disrespect to the office… but the president thinks it’s cool to hike his leg up and plant the sole of his shoe on the Resolute desk?

  26. realitycheckbaby says:
    Apr 24, 2015 10:09 AM
    It’s sad that this owner and coach try everything to shine a tarnished image.
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    Not really tarnished if 2 of 61 people agree with you is it?

  27. Re Kraft’s shoes:

    Dude’s rich and old. He probably has lousy circulation in his feet. Or gout. Or arthritis. Or whatever. His doc’s have probably told him to wear comfy shoes.

  28. I’d say Tom Brady used it to make a point as well…
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    What was his point? That he loves his grandma and wants to be at her birthday party?

  29. Imagine if BB showed up with the sleeves cut off of that suit? He would have risen beyond legendary to supernatural being.

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    Still laughing – best comment of the day

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    No offense to the gentlemen above but that was originally Obama’s line. He mentioned during the ceremony that they had a pair of scissors ready if Bill wanted to cut off the sleeves of his suit-coat. A guy on PFT repeats it (with a small change) and gets all thumbs up. Obama got slammed on PFT in a prior thread for his appearance at the reception. Another example of perception versus reality.

  30. Belichick is one heck of a coach and will go down as the best ever when it’s all said and done. However I tend to agree with Kraft when he called Belichick a schmuck. There is no justification for our SB titles to be tainted they way they are, we are good enough with pushing the envelope and cutting corners. I truly hope he has learned his lesson from here on out.

  31. Heard not so terrific tom bailed on Walter Reed also.
    If this is the case and there is no mention of it here. Well that’s what makes him the golden boy.

  32. Pretty said to see haters come out on a REAL feel good story.

    As a veteran I know for a fact those men and women at WR had their day made with a visit from the SB Champs.

    BTW, as another commenter mentioned above, the Patriots have a clause in their players contracts about reaching out in the community…Sounds pretty good to me.

  33. “True American Legend.”
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    He’s a good football coach. Nothing legendary about him other than he, unlike 31 other teams, had the vision to draft Brady. That lone decision changed Belachick’s future from what previously occurred in Cleveland. If Bill was so “legendary” he’d have become a legend in Cleveland…he didn’t…he was fired. Stop with the legend talk…he’s and Brady partnered up to become one of the best coaching QB combo’s ever….Even still, having zero SB championships during Brady’s prime years seems like the Pat’s really under achieved greatly…But then the NY Giants had something to do with that. The truth is not in the extreme….but fan boys enthusiasm is understood.

  34. “It must be nice to win Super Bowls so often that you develop traditions to follow each time you win another one.”
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    What’s “so often” about not winning in 10 years and then only winning after your opponent implodes at the 1 yard line to give away their own victory. Perspective. Be grateful you got a freebie, but enough with the bragging already.

  35. I have gained new respect for Belichick…as an Armenian, I apprecite his gesture immensely. I am also a 12 year Army veteran. I am so impressed with his support of the wounded veterans. Bravo Belichick.

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