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Bill Belichick’s senior year yearbook photo quote has typo (pic)

The high school yearbook photo from Bill Belichick’s senior year surfaced on social media Tuesday. And the quote the eventual New England Patriots head coach chose for his photo, while eloquent and poetic, appears to contain a typographical error.

First, the photograph of Belichick as a senior in 1970 from his days at Annapolis (Md.) High School.

The quote is being attributed to a poem entitled, “A Wish,” by Abraham Cowley. It reads as follows alongside Belichick’s yearbook photo.

I would not fear, nor wish, my fate;
But boldly say each night,
To-morrow let my son his beams display,
Or in clouds hide them; I have lived to-day.

A touching passage, to be sure. And it showcases a sensitive side of Belichick not seen often throughout his coaching tenure.

There is one problem, however. There appears to be a minor typographical error.

A quick search for Cowley’s poem on the Internet reveals the passage should read as follows:

I would not fear, nor wish, my fate;
But boldly say each night,
To-morrow let my sun his beams display,
Or in clouds hide them; I have lived to-day.

See, it’s “sun,” not “son.” Obviously, the former makes a lot more sense.

Now that’s a lack of attention to detail typically not seen out of Belichick. Although it’s entirely possible the yearbook staff made the error, not Belichick. In fact, given Belichick’s esteemed reputation, it’s nearly certain.