Patriots Player Visits Trump White House, Thanks Obama In Touching Letter

In a timely show of gratitude, New England Patriots player Jacoby Brissett felt compelled to share his appreciation for former President Barack Obama on social media on Wednesday, the same day the quarterback visited the White House.

In recognition of their Super Bowl LI win, (most of) the Patriots visited the White House for a ceremony to celebrate their victory. On the day of the ceremony, Brissett posted a photo on Instagram to thank Obama ― whom he affectionately addressed as “Big O” in the caption ― for the inspiration he’s provided to the NFL player and countless other people of color who’ve ever doubted their ability to succeed. 

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

“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,” Brissett wrote in the post. “I used those words as motivation and saw your achievement as an opportunity and permission to work [to] make my dreams come true too.”

“You broke a barrier and a stereotype proving not every minority has to use a ball to make a way,” he continued. “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 also included a brotherly jab at Obama’s basketball skills. 

“P.S Holla at me to help you with your broke jump shot,” he wrote. 

We get it, Brissett. We miss him too. 

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