New England Patriots

MIAMI, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 02: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks on prior to Super Bowl LIV between the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

By Matt Dolloff, 985TheSportsHub.com

The Patriots didn’t play in Super Bowl LIV, but they were all over the coverage leading up to the game. And they certainly peppered the TV screen when the National Football League introduced its NFL 100 all-time teams before the game.

No Patriot, perhaps no one period, made his presence felt during the pre-game ceremony more than Bill Belichick. The Pats head coach was introduced to a round of boos – a mixed reaction, at best – and gave all those thousands of haters a nice grin and an all-time flex as he flashed three of his Super Bowl rings.

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The best part is that Belichick went the sensible, tasteful route and wore only three rings. He has, of course, won six Super Bowl titles with the Patriots, but he also won two as defensive coordinator of the New York Giants in 1987 and 1991.

Tom Brady left a comment of reverence for his longtime head coach when the NFL posted Belichick’s flex on Instagram.

And Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower took notice of Belichick as well.

As for which rings Belichick is wearing, the one on his right hand appears to be from the Patriots’ most recent championship last year over the Rams in Super Bowl LIII. The ring on his left hand looks like the Giants’ from Super Bowl XXI, while the other is harder to see but could be the Giants’ other ring from Super Bowl XXV.

Wearing all eight rings might have collapsed the NFL universe on itself, so Belichick deserves to be commended for sparing our lives. What a flex by the hoodie. It could be viewed as a reminder to all the free agents out there that he’s still the coach you want if your goal is to win a Super Bowl.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff or email him at matthew.dolloff@bbgi.com.