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Bill Belichick addresses why he doesn't wear NFL's 'Salute to Service' gear

Ryan Hannable
November 05, 2018 - 1:25 pm

For a few years now, Bill Belichick's choice not to wear camouflage gear as part of the NFL's "Salute To Service" campaign has been a topic of discussion.

Yahoo! Sports' Dan Wetzel wrote an in-depth piece on the subject in 2015 and everyone knows just how much the military means to Belichick given his family history and appreciation for historic events.

On a conference call Monday after the Patriots' 31-17 win over the Packers, Belichick was asked why he doesn't participate in the "Salute To Service" campaign with gear like most other NFL coaches.

"I mean, I don't know. I mean, I usually wear the same thing for every game – I mean, not the same thing, but depending on the weather and so forth, I just wear the same thing for every game," he said. "So, I don't change what I wear weekly based on whatever the theme of the week is. But, Salute to Service is – look, the military and the job that our servicemen and women do and the sacrifices that they make are very important to me and my family, always has been, always will be, and I always want to recognize those and I do it.

"So, I don't have any objection to what anybody else does, but I just choose to – honestly, I don't think what sweatshirt I wear is that important. What's important to me is what your actions are, what you do, so I try to make those count."

He's right -- we'd be willing to bet Belichick does more for the military than most NFL coaches do.

Specific to the game against the Packers, the Patriots honored the lives and families of 25 fallen soldiers with initials of the men and women who lost their lives serving the country with decals on the back of players' helmets, while the coaches wore buttons.

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