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What did Bill Belichick have to say about Tom Brady's retirement after 22 seasons?

The most game-winning duo in NFL history is that of quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick with the New England Patriots, together they won 249 games, reached nine Super Bowls and won six.

When Brady announced his retirement after 22 seasons in the NFL last Tuesday, he issued a statement of almost a thousand words, however, surprisingly, in none of them did he refer to Belichick, who selected him with the 199th overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft.

Bill Belichick's words

Despite this, this Wednesday, the Patriots head coach released a statement through New England's official Twitter account where he said the following about his former quarterback.

"I am privileged to have drafted and coached Tom Brady, the ultimate competitor and winner. Tom's humble beginning in professional football ultimately ended with him becoming the best player in NFL history," Belichick said. "Tom consistently performed at the highest level against competition that always made him the number one player to stop. His pursuit of excellence was inspirational. Tom was professional on and off the field, and carried himself with class, integrity, and kindness. I thank Tom for his relentless pursuit of excellence and positive impact on me and the New England Patriots for 20 years."

Tom Brady's response

After the statement, Brady now did respond to Belichick with the following words:

"Thank you Coach Belichick I appreciate being coached by you the Greatest Coach in NFL History," Brady wrote.

Brady and Belichick's relationship did not end in the best way, as according to reports, Brady ended up being hurt with the Pats organization that did not offer him a new contract after the professional relationship ended after 20 seasons.

Brady played his last two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers with whom he won his seventh Super Bowl under head coach Bruce Arians.

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