Tributes to Tom Brady have poured in since the 44-year-old seven-time Super Bowl champion announced his retirement Tuesday morning. On Wednesday night, perhaps the most anticipated voice joined the conversation, with the Patriots releasing a statement from head coach Bill Belichick. The statement reads, in full…
“I am privileged to have drafted and coached Tom Brady, the ultimate competitor and winner. Tom’s humble beginning in professional football ultimately ended with him becoming the best player in NFL history. Tom consistently performed at the highest level against competition that always made him the number one player to stop. His pursuit of excellence was inspirational. Tom was professional on and off the field, and carried himself with class, integrity, and kindness. I thank Tom for his relentless pursuit of excellence and positive impact on me and the New England Patriots for 20 years.”
Belichick drafted Brady in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft. The two set a new NFL record for wins by a coach-quarterback combo with 249 between the regular season and playoffs, on their way to six Super Bowl wins. There is an entire Wikipedia page dedicated to their time together.
Brady spoke highly of Belichick when he returned Foxborough to play the Patriots in October. “We got a personal relationship, you know, for 20-plus years. He drafted me here,” Brady said during his postgame press conference. “I’ve got a lot of respect for him as a coach and obviously a lot of respect for this organization and all the different people here that try to make it successful.”
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