BALTIMORE -- Friday afternoon, Bill Belichick pulled his team out of its regular routine to take in the latest movie starring Boston’s Mark Wahlberg.
“Lone Survivor” is a movie based on the Navy SEAL “Operation Red Wings” mission from 2005.
Sunday, after the Patriots pummeled the Ravens 41-7 to move to 11-4 on the season, Belichick said the movie “had the messages of leadership, perseverance, preparation and then execution.”
Wahlberg is a friend of both Belichick and Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Belichick was grateful Wahlberg was able to help set the event up, though Belichick said it wasn’t intended specifically to motivate the team.
“I didn’t feel like they needed anything,” said Belichick. “Just changed up the routine a little bit. We do different things from time-to-time. Mark Wahlberg, obviously, is a huge Patriots fan and huge supporter. I really appreciate everything Mark did to make it possible to watch the show. He’s a tremendous guy.”
The Patriots have experienced a severe loss of manpower this season and have weathered it admirably. Sunday’s win over the red-hot Ravens in Baltimore was a watershed win for a Patriots team that’s assuming an underdog role even though they do have Belichick and Tom Brady on their side.
Player after player praised the team’s preparation last week for the win. Belichick said Wahlberg’s movie carried the same message.
“It’s one thing to prepare," he said. "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, a great movie.”
Belichick took his team to seen another Wahlberg movie – “The Fighter” in 2010.