Tom Brady Delivers Classy One-Liner to Sum Up Relationship With Bill Belichick

Former quarterback Tom Brady speaks during his New England Patriots Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Gillette Stadium.
Former quarterback Tom Brady speaks during his New England Patriots Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Gillette Stadium. / Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

On a night dedicated to celebrating Tom Brady, the seven-time Super Bowl champion took a moment Wednesday to acknowledge and thank the man who coached him for two decades.

Brady, during his induction speech into the New England Patriots Hall of Fame at Gillette Stadium, had nothing but praise for Bill Belichick.

"It wasn't me. It wasn't you. It was us," Brady said, addressing Belichick's role in the Patriots' dynasty. "... Let me make this crystal clear: There is no coach in the world I would rather play for than Bill Belichick."

Belichick shared a similar sentiment when speaking at the event.

"Thank you for all you have done for us," the 72-year-old coach said to Brady. "Thank you for all you've done for me."

The two future Pro Football Hall of Famers shared 20 years together from Brady's rookie season in 2000 to his final campaign in Foxborough in '19. Brady and Belichick appeared in nine Super Bowls together and won six championship rings, pairing up to steer arguably the best dynasty in NFL history.

Now retired, Brady will head to the broadcast booth this upcoming season to debut as the top Fox Sports analyst during games. Belichick, who split ways with the Patriots in January, won't be coaching in the NFL this fall for the first time since 1975.


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