The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest honor that can be awarded to a civilian. It has been given to notable figures like John F. Kennedy, Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr. and Lucille Ball.

Now, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick is expected to be a recipient of the coveted award. President Donald Trump will be presenting the awards on Thursday. The Medal of Freedom is bestowed upon individuals with “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors.”

Belichick, we imagine, checks the cultural box as one of the most successful coaches in the history of the game of football.

And Belichick has a connection to President Trump prior to this award. At a Trump rally in New Hampshire prior to the 2016 election, a letter from Coach Belichick was read to the crowd by then-candidate Trump, congratulating him on the way he had handled his campaign to that point.

Over the course of his coaching career, Belichick certainly has a reputation for being "short" with members of the media. Belichick made a passing reference to his disdain for the media in his letter which, most likely, stuck with the president.

“I have always had tremendous respect for you, but the toughness and perseverance you have displayed over the past year is remarkable," Belichick wrote. "Hopefully tomorrow's election results will give the opportunity to make America great again. Best wishes for great results tomorrow, Bill Belichick."

We spoke to "Coach Belichick" today on Michael and Maddie, and his first question when talking about other recipients was, “Is Tom on the list?”

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