Yes, they are the New England Patriots, they are from Boston, and as Will Brinson of CBS Sports points out, the coach is a “huge history buff.”
So for Bill Belichick to wear a bright red “Don’t Tread on Me” t-shirt to Super Bowl XLIX makes sense, especially given the grief the team has gotten over the deflated balls controversy and Belichick’s defiant deflection of the criticism.
Here is Belichick’s “Don’t Tread on Me” T-shirt, courtesy of Herald photog Nancy Lane pic.twitter.com/mCITuLBVSj
— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) February 1, 2015
Still, after the coach was photographed by the Boston Herald’s Nancy Lane as he strode through the University of Phoenix Stadium prior to the game against the Seattle Seahawks, social media erupted with questions and comments.
Was Coach Belichick making a political statement? After all, “Don’t Tread on Me” with the coiled rattlesnake is frequently associated with the Tea Party stand against intrusive and overbearing government, especially when it’s waving on the banner known as the Gadsden Flag.
And while no one certainly can offer any proof that the Patriots’ miracle win had anything to do with the “Tea-shirt” the coach prominently wore, Belichick’s choice of apparel that made a statement did stimulate a number of choice tweets.
— justin kanew (@justin_kanew) February 1, 2015
@UniWatch where have you been? That’s not a Patriots logo, it’s the Gadsden flag logo. The logo that REAL patriots used in the revolution.
— Eric Poitras (@eric_poitras) February 2, 2015
@DanaDutcher guessing there are plenty of obama voters on that field
— justin kanew (@justin_kanew) February 2, 2015
It should also be noted that Patriots’ Coach Bill Belichick was raised in Annapolis, Maryland where his father was an assistant football coach at the Naval Academy. So there’s family history that would suggest a bright red “Don’t Tread on Me” historical Navy Jack could indeed be part of Belichick’s heritage.
New England, of course, beat Seattle to win the Super Bowl in a fantastic finish that will long be talked about for the Seahawks’ highly controversial play selection.
This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Informing And Equipping Americans Who Love Freedom