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Bill Belichick: Friday trip to movies chance to ‘change up routine a little bit’

12.22.13 at 9:56 pm ET
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BALTIMORE — Bill Belichick said that when it came to taking his team to the movies on Friday afternoon — “Lone Survivor,” the new film from Mark Wahlberg — there was no ulterior motive involved. Instead, it was a good chance to “change up the routine a little bit.”

“We do different things from time to time,” shrugged Belichick when asked about the decision after Sunday’s game. “Mark Wahlberg, obviously, is a huge Patriots fan and a huge supporter. And I really appreciate everything that Mark did to make it possible to watch the show. He’€™s a tremendous guy, and it was such an honor to meet him a few weeks ago.”

The film is based on the Navy SEAL ‘€œOperation Red Wings’€ mission of June 28, 2005, when four members of SEAL Team 10 were tasked with the mission to capture or kill notorious Taliban leader Ahmad Shahd. Three were killed and one survived inside Afghanistan.

“I think the movie certainly had the messages of leadership, perseverance, preparation, and then, execution,” Belichick added. “It’€™s one thing to prepare; it’€™s another to actually go out there and play the game and go through the battle that they did. So, that was a great message, no question, and a great movie.’€

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