New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is an NFL legend for his unmatched resume of success on the field. In honor of his accomplishments as a coach and his contributions to his hometown of Annapolis, Maryland, he will now be presented with a key to the city in March.
Annapolis mayor Gavin Buckley announced this week that Belichick will be presented with the symbolic key to the city at halftime during Navy’s lacrosse game on March 14. Belichick, who still has roots in the Naval Academy and the area, was extremely appreciative of the honor.
“I am humbled and honored to be recognized by Mayor Buckley and the City of Annapolis,” Belichick said, via The Capital Gazette. “I would like to thank Admiral Buck and Chet Gladchuk for allowing me to receive the key in Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. I loved the years I spent growing up in Annapolis and at the Naval Academy and I always look forward to returning. I am proud to be an Annapolitan!”
Belichick’s accomplishments on the field with the Patriots are most recognized, but he routinely does what he can to help the Naval Academy as well. The Patriots let Navy’s football team use the team plane to fly to the Liberty Bowl this season and Belichick has routinely made trips to Annapolis to visit the Naval Academy.
After years of the city trying to set up this incredible moment to honor Belichick, it will finally come together on March 14. Among those in attendance will be Vice Admiral Sean S. Buck, who is the superintendent at the Naval Academy.
After making so many contributions to the city, which clearly holds a strong place in his heart, it’s great to see that Annapolis will show their appreciation for Belichick.