During Sunday's game at Philadelphia, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick isn't wearing the camouflage gear most NFL coaches wear as part of the league's Salute to Service month.
Belichick annually doesn't participate in the practice. Instead, in 2018 he wore a patch honoring Andrew Bibbo, a sailor from Massachusetts in the Navy, who was killed in action during the Patriots' home game with the Green Bay Packers. It was part of a Patriots partnership with Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), which describes its mission as "caring for the families of America's fallen heroes."
For every professional football player, there is no day of the year more important than Super Bowl Sunday. There’s not a player in the NFL who’d ever pass up the opportunity to play in the championship game. But New England Patriots long snapper Joe Cardona almost didn’t have a choice.