FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots coach Invoice Belichick paid Tom Brady the very best praise on Wednesday, a day after the quarterback introduced his retirement.
Referring to Brady because the “final competitor and winner,” Belichick mentioned in a press release: “Tom’s humble starting in skilled soccer in the end ended with him changing into the most effective participant in NFL historical past.”
Belichick, who was touring Tuesday when Brady announced his retirement, simply accomplished his forty seventh consecutive 12 months as an NFL coach, essentially the most consecutive seasons in historical past. His appreciation for NFL historical past is properly documented.
“Tom constantly carried out on the highest degree in opposition to competitors that at all times made him the primary participant to cease,” Belichick said in the statement. “His pursuit of excellence was inspirational. Tom was skilled on and off the sphere, and carried himself with class, integrity and kindness. I thank Tom for his relentless pursuit of excellence and optimistic affect on me and the New England Patriots for 20 years.”
The final word competitor.
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) February 3, 2022
Brady later responded to Belichick’s assertion through his Instagram story, writing, “Thanks Coach Belichick I recognize being coached by you the Biggest Coach in NFL Historical past,” adopted by three coronary heart emojis.
The connection between Belichick and Brady has usually been below the highlight, and Brady did not point out his former coach in his official retirement announcement Tuesday, nor did he point out Patriots proprietor Robert Kraft or the crew’s followers.
Brady had executed so, nonetheless, in March 2020 when he announced that he was leaving the team as a free agent. He additionally revisited a few of these remarks round his return to Gillette Stadium in October 2021, and Belichick visited him for an prolonged interval within the guests’ locker room after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers‘ 19-17 win.
In December, in his weekly interview on sports activities radio WEEI, Belichick had mentioned “no one deserves extra credit score for our success right here than Tom does.” He added that it was an amazing alternative for him to teach Brady, “the best offensive participant,” and former New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor, “the best defensive participant.”
Belichick’s assertion on Wednesday got here after Kraft, the longtime Patriots proprietor, had said Tuesday: “Phrases can not describe the emotions I’ve for Tom Brady, nor adequately specific the gratitude my household, the New England Patriots and our followers have for Tom for all he did throughout his profession.”