It started off with super fan Jarrius Robertson, who got a base hit.
The 15-year-old has become a superstar in his own right thanks to his incredible personality and story. Robertson has been battling biliary atresia, a chronic liver disease that has led to two liver transplants and over a dozen surgeries in his young life. Despite all those challenges, he’s remained upbeat, joyous, and been an inspiration to those around him. Seeing him on the field is just wonderful.
That wasn’t all. Rivers Gleason, son of former Saints player Steve Gleason, got a big hit of his own.
The culture of Kraft-Belichick-Brady is an inherent start. The Patriots have always been in it to win it. Their demand for excellence and pursuit of it is a trickle-down phenomena that heals old wounds and creates fresh pathways.
But Belichick must drive it in this camp and beyond. He must set the attitude, the pitch. Then he often creates room for leaders to grab the baton.
I have talked to many Patriots players over the years who marvel at how Belichick is such an authoritarian but in practices and in games will allow them to be creative individually and as a group in their execution of his orders – as long as it works. Just the fact that he awards football instincts and creativity is a crucial bridge from getting the Patriots out of the wrong assault mode and into the right one.
A small contingent from the Philadelphia Eagles was scheduled to visit the White House to celebrate the team’s Super Bowl victory, but President Donald Trump canceled the visit Monday.
The Philadelphia Eagles are unable to come to the White House with their full team to be celebrated tomorrow, Trump said in a statement. They disagree with their president because he insists that they proudly stand for the national anthem, hand on heart, in honor of the great men and women of our military and the people of our country. The Eagles wanted to send a small delegation, but the 1,000 fans planning to attend the event deserve better. These fans are still invited to the White House to be part of a different type of ceremony — one that will honor our great country, pay tribute to the heroes who fight to protect it, and loudly and proudly play the national anthem. I will be there at 3 p.m. with the United States Marine Band and the United States Army Chorus to celebrate America.
On Thursday, May 31, the team notified the White House of 81 individuals, including players, coaches, management, and support personnel, who would attend the event. On Friday, the Secret Service cleared them for participation.