They capped off their remarkable season with a Super Bowl title, their fifth in franchise history.
It was a fitting end to a year that began with a controversial suspension, but the Patriots never wavered from their path to Houston.
He asserted as much during his press conference Monday.
“With all due respect I think it’s inappropriate to suggest that in Tom’s career he’s been anything but a great teammate, a great worker and has given us every single ounce of effort, blood, sweat and tears that he has in him,” Belichick said.
Tom Brady was drafted by the New England Patriots in 2000 after playing for the University of Michigan in college.