Steve Belichick has gone through a lot with Tom Brady.
He has memories of him being quarterback of the Patriots well before he joined the coaching staff, to when he was a quality control coach working with the scout team, to being officially on the coaching staff, to now watching him play in Tampa Bay.
Belichick reflected on things during a video conference Tuesday, saying he's very blessed to have been around him for so long.
“I remember back in 2000 when he first got here, that was our first year, or my first year in Boston, obviously not as a coach but being around the team and seeing where he started to where he got to," he said. "He’s an incredible person and he’s an incredible player. I learned a lot from him on and off the field that I really can’t thank him enough for. I spent a lot of time with him in the building, outside of the building, on the plane on the way home from games. He was such a good resource for me running the scout team against him. Just all the things that Tom does well, which is everything.
"I am very blessed to have been around him for as long as I was. I couldn’t be happier for him and his family and all that he’s accomplished. It is pretty special what he’s done. I am happy that I got to experience some of it first-hand.”
Belichick also said he was pulling for Brady in the Super Bowl last year against the Chiefs.
“I am always pulling for Tom," he said. "I’ve got a lot of history with him. I am a fan of a game too and in addition to being a fan I like rooting for relationships and people I know, and Tom is as high on that list as anybody. I was very happy for him. It was well-deserved. I’ll never root against Tom.”
Belichick is now tasked with helping a defense try and stop Brady come Sunday night.