Bobby Orr has done countless things for people everywhere over the last 50+ years that people have no idea about. Because he doesn't do it for PR or accolades---he does it to make people feel good and doesn't need acknowledgement. Like this letter thanking the heroes at Mass General that the hospital posted on its site today.
This message is for everybody currently on the front lines at Mass General, doing what you all do so well. Thank you to the physicians, nurses, technicians, custodians, administrators, supply handlers—everyone there who is contributing in these unprecedented times. The battle against COVID-19 could never be managed without your tireless dedication, and please know that the people you serve understand your commitment, and we do not take it for granted. This pandemic has yet against demonstrated what everyone at Mass General is made of as you go about your daily routines. You are not only saving lives at your wonderful facilities—you are also protecting so many more people beyond your hospital walls as a function of your best efforts. It strikes me that the word "hero" is often used to describe athletes in our society, but in my eyes, YOU are the true heroes that I personally look up to and your are constantly on my mind. This virus is no game, so we need real life heroes to step up and bring it under control. Thankfully, that is exactly what you are doing.
Undoubtedly, the days and weeks ahead will test us all in many ways. But none will be tested more than those of you who continue to manage, treat and research the virus day after day after day. Given your efforts and expertise, I have great confidence in the eventual outcome of this pandemic, in no small measure because of the excellence I have personally witnessed at Mass General.
To all of you, please ... keep on fighting the good fight, and thank you so much for all you do.
With great respect,
Unfortunately, Bobby is pretty familiar with MGH due to his many knee issues over the years (and from sneaking teammates out on gurneys to celebrate). But it's because of that familiarity he knows just how much and how hard the staff there busts their ass, as does anybody who has had an extended stay there. And a letter like this from a guy like him can only give people a little extra push when they need it most. He's not the GOAT for nothing.