Some of the players from the New England Patriots decided to skip out on the ceremonial visit to the White House on Wednesday, not rookie quarterback Jacoby Brissett.
Brissett, a two-year starter at N.C. State, used the opportunity to thank President Donald Trump’s predecessor. Brissett, who started two games for the Patriots this season and led them to a win over the Houston Texans in his NFL debut, posted a thank-you note to Barack Obama, or “the Big O,” as he called him, after his visit to the White House.
Brissett posted a picture of himself kneeling in front of a photo of Obama in the White House on his Instagram and Twitter accounts.
The letter from Brissett:
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
A post shared by Jacoby Brissett (@jbrissett7) on Apr 19, 2017 at 2:17pm PDT
According to MassLive.com, 34 players attended the ceremony and 34 did not. Brissett and rookie offensive lineman Joe Thuney, who were teammates at N.C. State, both made the trip to Washington.
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