The normally emotionless Bill Belichick broke the character to say goodbye to Tom Brady.
“Examples of Tom’s size are limitless and go back even before he was drafted,” said Belichick after Brady announced that he was leaving the franchise. “We saw how he prepared when he wasn’t playing, how he played when he got the opportunity to do what he did to keep improving, his leadership, his way of thinking, the example, that he gave, and of course the person he is. “
“I am very grateful for what he did for our team and for me personally. Sometimes it takes some time in life to really appreciate something or someone, but that wasn’t the case with Tom. He is a special person and the greatest quarterback ever. “
The four-time Super Bowl MVP quarterback announced that he left New England on Tuesday after a 20-year tenure. The question has long been asked whether Belichick and Brady would thrive without each other. We’ll get that answer soon, but at the moment Belichick is focusing on how much the two have accomplished together.
“Tom wasn’t just a player who chose our program,” said Belichick. “He was one of his original creators. Tom lived and perpetuated our culture. He was a tone setter and a bar raiser every day. He won championships in three of his first four years on the field and in three of his last six seasons with us, fighting for championships in almost every season in between.
“This is due to Tom’s steadfastness and what makes him different. He didn’t just appear. He didn’t just win. He always won championships.”
Patriot owner Robert Kraft also published a warm statement about Brady’s career in New England through the team. Kraft noticed that he had always loved Brady like a son and admitted that he hoped that day would never come.
“Unfortunately, neither side could reach an agreement to make this dream a reality,” said Kraft. “Although I’m sad today, I appreciate the overwhelming feeling for his countless contributions to our team and community.”