Brad Stevens' loyalty to Boston sports isn't limited to the professional level.
Boston College head football coach Jeff Hafley discovered as much this weekend after his Eagles fell 45-31 to No. 2 Notre Dame on Saturday.
During an interview with reporters Sunday, Hafley said he was surprised to get an encouraging text from the Boston Celtics head coach following BC's loss.
"I appreciate the support. I got texts last night from guys like Matt Ryan and Doug Flutie. Again, just so supportive and excited about the future," Hafley said, via WEEI's Rob Bradford.
"I even got a text from Brad Stevens just telling me he loves the fight of the team and loves what we're doing. That one kind of surprised me, but little things like that mean a lot and shows what the city of Boston is seeing."
The Eagles haven't won more than seven games in a season since 2009 and typically take a back seat to the city's highly successful quartet of pro sports teams in the Patriots, Celtics, Red Sox and Bruins.
Hafley is bringing some buzz to The Heights in his first season as head coach, however. BC is 5-4 on the season and competed hard against the top two teams in the country, losing to No. 1 Clemson by just six points and scoring 31 points against the Fighting Irish on Saturday.
The Eagles' efforts apparently caught the eye of Stevens, whom Hafley hopes to meet up with in the near future.
"It's great to be in such a great sports town and have such awesome coaches around," Hafley added. "Like I said, it meant a lot Brad Stevens shot me that text last night. He's definitely a guy I'm looking forward to get together with."
BC has two games remaining this season against Louisville and Virginia, and while Stevens and the Celtics will be plenty busy over the next two weeks, it sounds like the Eagles are at least on his radar.