Bill Belichick is on to Washington, D.C.
The Patriots will be without the opportunity for hardware this postseason, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008, only the second time during the Belichick regime. But Belichick will still be receiving an award of his own.
President Donald Trump is planning to award the New England head coach with the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Thursday, per a report from Politico. Belichick and Trump have a long-standing friendship, with Belichick being named to the president’s council on Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition in 2018.
Belichick penned a letter in support of Trump’s presidential victory in 2016, saying that the results would give him an opportunity to “make American great again.”
The news of Trump awarding Belichick the highest civilian honor in the country comes amid political turmoil in the nation, with congressional leaders demanding the 25th Amendment be invoked in the final days of the Trump presidency, following Trump’s incitement of insurrectionists at the Capitol building last week.
The U.S. House of Representatives plans to move forward with the impeachment process should Vice President Mike Pence refuse to invoke the 25th Amendment.
After Trump’s numerous requested recounts in various states, failed lawsuits and congressional affirmation of Electoral College votes, Joe Biden will be sworn in as the nation’s next president on Jan. 20.
Belichick last visited the White House after the Patriots’ Super Bowl 51 victory in 2017, with the team choosing not to make the visit in 2019 following their Super Bowl 53 win.
The Patriots finished 7-9 in 2020, their first losing season since 2000.