Tom Brady pays tribute to Bill Belichick, ‘the best coach in the history of the NFL’

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick will always be tethered to one another.

They’re forever fixed in the annals of NFL history, the game’s greatest quarterback and the game’s greatest coach, who for 19 seasons tormented their opponents.

So it’s little surprise that Brady, mere hours after Belichick and the Patriots announced they were parting ways after 24 seasons, had plenty of praise to heap upon his former coach.

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Brady took to Instagram to offer words of support for Belichick, 71, the hooded marauder who has stalked the sidelines in Foxborough since 2000.

“I’m incredibly grateful to have played for the best coach in the history of the NFL,” Brady wrote. “He was a great leader for the organization, and for all of the players who played for him. We accomplished some amazing things over a long period of time, many of which will be hard to replicate.”

Brady and Belichick won countless honors during their partnership — Brady took home three MVPs and two Offensive Player of the Year awards, while Belichick was thrice named the NFL’s Coach of the Year. They won six Super Bowl titles together, plus three more separately (Brady won another with the Buccaneers, while Belichick picked up two as an assistant with the Giants).

In some ways, it seems as if Belichick’s reputation has been overshadowed to Brady’s greatness. That’s despite the fiendishly clever coach routinely crafting some of the stingiest defenses the league has ever seen to complement Brady’s passing wizardry.

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Take the 2019 Super Bowl, for example. The Pats met a lively Rams offense that averaged nearly 33 points a game. With Brady struggling — the New England QB completed just 21-of-35 passes for 262 yards, failing to record a touchdown while throwing an interception —  the Patriots still found a way to win.

New England surrendered just a field goal in the 13-3 victory. And when the dust settled, Brady had secured another ring, even after limping through much of the previous four quarters.

That’s just who Belichick is. And although some may doubt his greatness, Brady does not.

“I could never have been the player I was without you Coach Belichick,” Brady wrote. “I am forever grateful. And I wish you the best of luck in whatever you choose next.”

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