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NFL Draft 2021: Bill Belichick’s dog, Nike, makes a surprise appearance in the Patriots’ war room

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Nike the Dog became an internet sensation during last year’s draft. The Alaskan Klee Kai was regularly shown by the cameras installed in head coach/general manager Bill Belichick’s house on Nantucket during the virtual event, and at one point was even captured sitting behind the computer.

Since then, he has been a New England Patriots fan favorite and subject of countless team-specific memes — something also not lost on the team itself.

On Saturday, during the final round of the 2021 NFL Draft, Nike made a surprise appearance in the team’s war room. Even though the Patriots were back at running their operation out of Gillette Stadium after the Coronavirus pandemic forced the entire event into a virtual forum last year, Belichick’s dog still found a way into the event.

The only question is whether or not he really is responsible for the team’s seventh-round selection of UCF wide receiver Tre Nixon...