Tom Brady’s 10th Super Bowl appearance will be his first without Bill Belichick, but the Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback made sure to toss a few bouquets this week at his longtime New England Patriots coach.
Brady won six titles in 21 seasons alongside Belichick before signing as a free agent this offseason season with the Bucs, who will face the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday in Super Bowl 2021.
“I have a great relationship with him,” Brady said, when asked if he had any “message” for Belichick during Monday’s media availability. “I’m just incredibly grateful for what he’s meant in my life as a coach. He’s everything you could ask for as a player.
“I loved my time and two incredible decades there. My football journey took me to a different place. I certainly could never have accomplished the things in my career without his support and his teachings. Incredible coach and mentor for me, had a lot of those in my career, but obviously he’s at the top of the list.”
Belichick and the Patriots finished 7-9 this season and missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008, ending their 11-year run atop the AFC East.