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."
Patrios owner Robert Kraft surprised the Jarheads Motorcycle Club Saturday with a six-figure donation to help the families of the seven motorcyclists who were killed in a crash in New Hampshire last month.
Kraft, who attended the club's gathering in Gillette Stadium, announced the $100,000 donation to the club's GoFundMe campaign, according to reports from WBZ and NBC 10.
New England Patriots long snapper Joe Cardona (49) during warm ups prior to an NFL Super Bowl LI football game against the Atlanta Falcons at NRG Stadium, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017 in Houston. (Associated Press/Perry Knotts)
ATLANTA — Dante Scarnecchia, former Marine Sergeant, places a high value on respect for authority.
He just can't stand the phrase universally used to express it.
"Guys come in and all they ever say is, 'Yes, sir,' which I hate," Scarnecchia says.
There's a mini-rant coming.
"That's kind of a reflective phrase that says, 'Please don't yell at me anymore because I'm saying Yes, sir to you,'" Scarnecchia says. "So I tell them, 'Don't say Yes, sir.' Just say, 'OK, I got it.'"
"Don't even say that because I hate that worse," Scarnecchia says. "Just shake your head. It drives me nuts."
Scarnecchia, the Patriots' legendary 70-year-old offensive line coach, might have trouble getting his players to break this habit. It's been ingrained in many of them.
The Patriots have assembled a roster with an unusually high number of players coming from families with parents working in military or law enforcement.
"Rob Gronkowski." Go ahead. Say it to your girlfriend. Even I, a congenital Patriots-hater, must grudgingly admit that Gronk, the hard-headed, able-bodied tight end, is a tough sumbitch on the field — and a favorite with the ladies.
The skills that Navy Reserve Lt. Jesse E. Iwuji learned during his time at the U.S. Naval Academy and on active duty in became critical when he decided to pursue his true passion: becoming a professional NASCAR driver.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is a five-time Super Bowl champion and an idol to virtually every God-fearing Pats fan in America. If I were a football fan, I would adore the affable Brady and envy Gisele Bündchen with every atom in my body — but even I have to laugh at the mental image of the star QB getting his leg torn up by a military working dog that clearly got a whiff of something she didn’t like.