Bill Belichick, Patriots 'incredibly proud' of former player Jake Bequette, who is now in U.S. Army

Ryan Hannable
November 11, 2019 - 6:20 pm

Jake Bequette hasn't been on the Patriots since 2015, but he's still representing the red, white and blue in a way.

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The Patriots' third-round pick in 2012 is now a 1st Lieutenant in the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army and recently got home from a five-month stint in Iraq.

Bequette joined Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Veterans Day and thanked Bill Belichick and the Patriots.

"Thank you. I treasured my time in New England," he said. "I learned so many things from him and the team. Things that I will carry with me the rest of my life, things that I have carried with me to Iraq and beyond. Just tell him I said thank you.”

Belichick joined the show later on and thanked Bequette for his service.

“We’re incredibly proud of Jake -- 101st Airborne," he said. "When he left, we had a long conversation. We had several long conversations -- when he went from defensive end to tight end and made that move. Jake worked extremely hard. He gave us everything he had and more. He was really a pleasure to coach because he always had a good attitude, worked hard. Didn’t complain, or anything like that.

"When he left, it was kind of going on to do other things and he’s obviously done very well. We’re very proud of what he’s done, especially on a day like today to recognize that and thank him for defending our freedom and making what we all do possible, whether it is your job, my job, all of us. We’re indebted to him and all the other servicemen and women that defend our country."

The Patriots acknowledged Monday was Veterans Day, as they returned from their bye week.

“We talked about that today as a team," said Belichick. "I think we collectively couldn’t be more appreciative of what we have and honestly thank them and so many thousands that have gone before them that have provided a strong ground for us to stand on.”

The Patriots will return to the field next Sunday when they travel to Philadelphia to take on the Eagles.

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