Why Is Bill Belichick Wearing a Croatian Flag?

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Many fans are wondering why Bill Belichick is wearing a Croatian flag.
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BetMGM @BETMGM Oct 02, 2022, 10:23 PM
  • The NFL is highlighting various ancestral lineages of its players and coaches.
  • This particular NFL initiative will take place during Weeks 4 and 5.
  • Bill Belichick, head coach of the Patriots, has Croatian grandparents.

Another Sunday chock full of NFL betting lines has come and gone.

We’ve still got MNF odds on tap for the final game of the week, but many football betting fans are still processing what they saw during the Sunday slate.

One of the stranger sequences involved the state of Wisconsin, a third-string rookie quarterback and the national flag of Croatia. 

Why Is Bill Belichick Wearing a Croatian Flag?

Belichick’s paternal grandparents emigrated from Croatia in 1897. Accordingly, Belichick was spotted wearing a small Croatian patch as an homage to his heritage. 

NFL Croatia Patch

During Weeks 4 and 5 of the 2022 season, the NFL is highlighting the international diversity and heritage of its players and coaches by promoting dozens of unique ancestral lineages with helmet sticker flags.

New England Patriots QB Injury

Questions about the NFL’s flag policy may have distracted New England fans from a dramatic turn of events during its Week 4 game against the Packers.

Backup quarterback Brian Hoyer was forced from the game in Green Bay thanks to a head injury, which meant third-string rookie quarterback Bailey Zappe took over command of the Patriots’ offense.

Improbably, Zappe nearly led the Pats to a huge upset win at Lambeau field. 

Where Did Bailey Zappe Play College Football?

Zappe spent four years at Houston Baptist University (now called Houston Christian University) before transferring to Western Kentucky in 2021 for his final season of college football.

Bailey Zappe College Football Stats

During his single year as quarterback for Western Kentucky, Bailey Zappe passed for 5,967 yards and 62 touchdowns – both of which are all-time Division I records.

Bailey Zappe Age: How Old is Bailey Zappe?

NFL rookie Bailey Zappe is 23 years old. He was born on April 26, 1999.

Bailey Zappe Highlights

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