FOXBOROUGH — During Sunday’s game vs. Indianapolis at Gillette Stadium. Patriots coach Bill Belichick isn’t wearing the khaki-colored gear most NFL coaches wear as part of the league’s annual Salute to Service month.
Belichick, who is not a member of the NFL Coaches Association, annually hasn’t participated in wearing khaki, camouflage or other initiatives. Other New England staff wore the official gear.
Belichick, who wore a gray hoodie, and each member of the Patriots coaching staff are each wearing pins honoring a Gold Star Family, the immediate family of an American soldier or sailor killed in action. It’s part of the team’s ties to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), which describes its mission as “caring for the families of America’s fallen heroes.”
Every year in conjunction with TAPS, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, the Patriots pick one game, whichever home game is closest to Veterans Day, to honor military personnel who’ve been killed while on active duty. The New England players wear stickers on the backs of their helmets with the initials and the coaches wear pins with the name of the fallen soldiers and sailors.
Belichick, who grew up in Annapolis, Maryland, where his father Steve Belichick held many roles with the Navy football program, has spoken reverently about the Navy and military in the past. He opened his press conference last year discussing the pin he wore.
In 2018, Belichick was asked about not wearing a camouflage sweatshirt:
“I don’t know. I mean, I usually wear the same thing for every game – I mean, not the same thing, but depending on the weather and so forth, I just wear the same thing for every game. So, I don’t change what I wear weekly based on whatever the theme of the week is,” he said. “But, Salute to Service is – look, the military and the job that our servicemen and women do and the sacrifices that they make are very important to me and my family, always has been, always will be, and I always want to recognize those and I do it. So, I don’t have any objection to what anybody else does, but I just choose to – honestly, I don’t think what sweatshirt I wear is that important. What’s important to me is what your actions are, what you do, so I try to make those count.”
NFL sells the military gear. According to NFLShop.com the league “does not profit from the sale of Salute to Service products. Charitable contributions are donated to the NFL’s military nonprofit partners. For more information, please visit www.NFL.com/Salute.”
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