No man is more inextricably tied to Tom Brady’s legacy than Bill Belichick. During the 2000 season, Belichick’s decision to supplant quarterback Drew Bledsoe with Tom Brady heralded an era of greatness in New England.
With Brady at the helm, the Patriots played to a cumulative 219-66 regular season record. Belichick and company secured 17 division titles and won six Super Bowls.
Brady and Belichick left an indelible mark on the game, and it was only fitting that Bill would pay tribute to the retired QB.
“Tom Brady was the ultimate winner. He entered the NFL with little to no fanfare and leaves as the most successful player in league history,” Belichick began.
“His relentless pursuit of excellence drove him on a daily basis. His work ethic and desire to win were both motivational and inspirational to teammates and coaches alike.
Tom was a true professional who carried himself with class and integrity throughout his career. I thank Tom for the positive impact he had on me and on the Patriots and congratulate him on his amazing career.”
A characteristically thoughtful and incisive statement from one of the most cerebral coaches the league has ever seen.
While Belichick’s story as a coach is not yet complete, Brady has taken his last snap in the NFL. Fans can be assured that each of their legacies will be honored one day in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
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Publish Date:2023-02-02 06:14:45