FOXBORO -- Thursday was a big day for Kyle Van Noy.
It is the two-year anniversary of him being traded to the Patriots from the Lions.
Speaking in the Patriots locker room later in the day, Van Noy detailed how much the trade did for his career.
“Saved it, probably, honestly,” he said. “It’s been a blessing. Yeah, kind of changed my whole life type of deal. It was a huge blessing.”
Van Noy expanded on thanking Bill Belichick in his tweet.
"Definitely got to thank him,” he said. “He’s a big part of why I’m here. If not the reason. … I feel like all the coaches — since I’ve played numerous positions here — I feel like all of them, you name it, from Coach Flo [Brian Flores] to BD [Brendan Daly] to when Matty P [Matt Patricia] was here, they’ve all seemed to bring the best out of anybody that’s in the room. It’s kind of the expectation here. And just trying to do the best that I can to provide for the team.”In three years with the Lions (30 games), Van Noy had 36 tackles and a sack. In three seasons with the Patriots (27 games), Van Noy has 135 tackles and 6.5 sacks.
And you can see why he's so thankful for the opportunity.