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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — President Donald Trump plans to award New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Thursday, according to multiple reports.
A spokesperson for the Patriots did not respond to a request for comment.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom was established by John F. Kennedy in 1963, and it is awarded by the president to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the security of national interests of America, to world peace or to cultural of other significant public or private endeavors.
The honor for Belichick comes as the U.S. House of Representatives is increasing pressure to force Trump from office before the end of his term on Jan. 20, after Trump incited a mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday while Congress was in the process of confirming Joe Biden as his successor.
Trump has recently selected several sports figures and political backers for the honor. Hall of Fame golfers Annika Sorenstam and Gary Player, along with the late Olympian Babe Didrikson Zaharias, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Thursday.
Belichick, 68, just concluded his 46th season in the NFL and 21st as Patriots coach.