Patriots Backup QB Jacoby Brissett Pays Tribute to Obama During White House Visit (Pics)
After the Patriots beat the Falcons in Super Bowl 51, a number of their players made headlines by announcing that they would not take part in a team visit to the White House as a protest of President Donald Trump.
Sure enough, when the Pats rolled up to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on Wednesday, only 34 of the 68 players invited were there. And of those 34, not all were there to show support for the current president.
Backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett had nothing nasty to say about President Trump on Wednesday. However, he made it clear that the reason he went to the White House was to pay respect to Trump’s predecessor.
“Dear Big O,” Brisset wrote on Instagram. “I am writing you this letter to say thank you. I want to thank you for what you have done for this country – outside of politics. Honestly, I don’t know enough about politics to judge what was good or bad, but I want you to know that when you said ‘Yes We Can’ – a young man dreaming a dream from rough circumstances in Florida heard you.”
Take a look:
Dear Big O, I am writing you this letter to say thank you. I want to thank you for what you have done for this country – outside of politics. Honestly, I don’t know enough about politics to judge what was good or bad, but I want you to know that when you said “Yes We Can” – a young man dreaming a dream from rough circumstances in Florida heard you. When you were elected President for the first time I was 16 and I watched you make the never-imaginable, attainable and I heard your cry to inspire hope. I used those words as motivation and saw your achievement as an opportunity and permission to work make my dreams come true too. You were the President of the United States – the highest office in the world. You broke a barrier and a stereotype proving not every minority has to use a ball to make a way. You’ve inspired a lifetime of dreamers young and old. Now, kids from my community – and my future children – will know that there is no dream too big – even they could be the President of the United States. As I prepare for the honor of visiting the White House, I will be there as a Super Bowl Champion – and I will think of you, mainly because the White House is a different, and better place because you lived there. I was a kid that came from nothing and I am living out one of the greatest dreams of my life. I am just grateful for the opportunity to walk on the same steps as you did, and to have a platform to inspire and I hope to leave my mark on history the way you did. One day, when I meet you, I will shake your hand and say thank you to your face but until then this kid is going to continue to dream until I can’t anymore. Thank you for blazing a trail, but for more than that, for leaving a paved road behind you for others to climb on. The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your DREAMS – Oprah Yes we can!! DREAM BIG!! Thank you, Jacoby Brissett P.S Holla at me to help you with your broke jump shot
If that touching letter isn’t enough to make you a fan of Brissett, maybe this photo will do it:
A post shared by Jacoby Brissett (@jbrissett7) on
Well played, sir.
Hat Tip – [theScore]