Bill Belichick on OMF: Resigning from Jets 'one of the great moments of my career'


Bill Belichick really doesn't like the Jets.

On Ordway, Merloni & Fauria Tuesday, the Patriots coach was told during the ESPN broadcast Monday night there was a clip of him resigning as head coach of the Jets in 2000.

“Well, not only one of the most defining, but you know, one of the great moments of my career," Belichick said Tuesday. "That combined with Robert [Kraft] giving me the opportunity to come here, I couldn’t have asked for anything more. That wasn’t a good situation for me and I didn’t want to be part of it, so I wasn’t. The other half of that was Robert giving me the opportunity to come here and trading, he gave up quite a bit to get me to come here, and that was a big trade.

“I am very thankful that it worked out. I appreciate all the support from Robert, the Kraft family, the Patriots organization and all the New England fans and I’ll keep trying to do my best for this team and this organization — give them the very best that can and I very thankful for the opportunity to come here. I just wasn’t going to stay there in that situation.”

Belichick took over for Bill Parcells after he stepped down following the 1999 season, but the now Patriots coach did not like the setup that was in place.

Kraft and the Patriots gave up a first-round pick to bring the coach to New England.