It's been said countless times over the past few weeks: what we are living through is unprecedented. This time is overwhelming, and it can be difficult to conjure the words to express gratitude or uncertainty.
Doing what he so often does for his players, Head Coach Bill Belichick imparted some words of wisdom.
In a video posted to the Patriots Twitter account on Wednesday afternoon, Coach Belichick took a moment to show his appreciation for those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, and encouraged those who could stay home to do so. While this may not be the pregame speech he is used to giving, Coach Belichick thoughtfully shared an encouraging message that, though we're all apart, we're going to get through this together.
Here is his full statement:
"Hello. This is Bill Belichick. I want to reach out to you in these uncertain and unprecedented times to let you know that I and the New England Patriots are behind you. We are all in this together.
Thank you to our heroic medical professionals, doctors, nurses, medical workers, and others who are selflessly and courageously doing their job to take care of others in need. We have heard your stories and seen some of your great work. You are truly champions and warriors.
We are facing a difficult opponent. It will take teamwork, discipline, and commitment to do the right things all the time. That includes staying at home. I encourage everyone to shelter-in-place for as long as necessary as we fight this virus together. There are plenty of things we cannot do right now, but let's focus on what we can do. We can adapt, we can adjust, and we can make better decisions right now for the betterment of the future. As I tell our team, let's keep stringing good days together and we will get through this."