While most of the Patriots’ White House visit was focused on President Donald Trump and the players who chose to skip, third-string quarterback Jacoby Brissett used it as an opportunity to thank Barack Obama.
Brissett posted an emotional letter on Instagram while standing next to a photo of Obama in his former home.
“Honestly, I don’t know enough about politics to judge what was good or bad,” Brissett wrote, “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.”
Brissett and Jimmy Garoppolo were the quarterbacks in attendance for the White House visit Wednesday. Tom Brady, a Donald Trump fan, wasn’t in attendance because he was with family.
Brissett played in two games this season while Brady was serving his four game suspension for his part in Deflategate.
The third-stringer said he was thinking of Obama during his visit because he was inspired by the former president. He hopes to one day meet Obama and thank him to his face.
“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,” Brissett wrote.
Maybe someday Brissett will once again get to live his dream as a starting quarterback in the NFL.