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.
“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.