Jacoby Brissett thanks Barack Obama during Pats’ White House visit (pic)
The New England Patriots on Wednesday paid a visit to the White House, as is the custom for reigning Super Bowl champions.
Much of the talk surrounding the annual event involved how several Patriots players were skipping the White House visit in a sign of protest to the presidency of Donald Trump (more on that here). One Patriots player, however, decided to utilize the visit as a way to pay tribute to the preceding occupier of the White House, Barack Obama.
Patriots quarterback Jacoby Brissett took to Twitter Wednesday evening to showcase his tribute to Obama.
— Jacoby Brissett (@JBrissett12) April 20, 2017
The entire text of Brissett’s tribute to Obama — which includes a closing potshot at Obama’s basketball skills — as transcribed by CBS Sports.
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 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 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 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!!
P.S. Holla at me to help you with your broke jump shot
While the Patriots’ appearance at the White House generated some controversy (more on that here), Bissett found a way to honor the event as well as pay tribute to his hero without ruffling any feathers.