The Presidential Medal of Freedom, established by John F. Kennedy in 1963, is one of the nation's highest civilian honors that is given to those who have made contributions to benefit the security of the United States or national interests, world peace or other cultural endeavors.
The honor for Belichick comes as the House of Representatives increases pressure to remove Trump from office before the end of his term on Jan. 20. Last week, a mob of Trump-supporting rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol building while Congress was in the process of certifying president-elect Joe Biden as Trump's successor.
The 68-year-old Belichick, who has served on the President's Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition since 2018, recently concluded his 46th season in the NFL and 21st with the Patriots organization. He has guided the franchise to six Super Bowl championships.