The mastermind behind much of New England's nearly two decades of excellence turned 62 years old on Wednesday. Belichick holds the current record for the longest tenured head coach in the NFL, joining the Patriots in 2000 when he was just 47 years old.
It's safe to assume that his most memorable birthday to date has turned out to be April 16, 2000. On his 48th birthday, Belichick made the decision to draft a little known Michigan quarterback, Tom Brady, as the 199th pick in the 6th round of the NFL draft. In his last 14 seasons as the Patriots head coach, Belichick has won Coach of the Year three times, three Superbowl rings and the AFC title five times.
Ex- Patriot Signs with CFL
Former Patriots wide receiver Chad Johnson signed with the Montreal Alouettes on Thursday after impressing managers throughout mini-camp tryouts this week in Florida. "I just want to get back to doing something that I love to do, regardless of where it is," stated Johnson in a recent interview.
Johnson joined the Patriots for the 2011 season but was cut after a less than stellar season, catching only 15 passes and one touchdown in his 15 games with the team. In 2012, Johnson cut a deal with the Dolphins but was soon released by the team one day after a misdemeanor battery charge before the start of the preseason.
Patriots Preseason Schedule Finalized
The list of confirmed dates and times for the 2014 Preseason have been set. The first preseason opener will be against the Redskins on August 7th followed by the Eagles and Panthers at home. The final week of preseason will showcase a matchup at MetLife against the Giants. All preseason games will be featured live on the Patriots Preseason Television Network.
Patriots Players Remember Boston Tragedy
New England players joined forces with Boston's other four professional teams, the Boston Celtics, Red Sox, Bruins and New England Revolution, to show support through social media for the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. April 15th marks the one-year anniversary of the tragic events that occurred during the 2013 Boston Marathon. Joe Andruzzi, a former Patriots lineman, was among last year's runners who assisted in carrying victims to safety after the explosions.
Mankins Reacts to Working without Scarnecchia
Nine year offensive lineman Logan Mankins is adjusting to his first year without NFL assistant coach Dante Scarnecchia. "It's going to be a big change, I was lucky enough to have him for nine seasons. I wish that could have continued.." said Mankins in an interview at Gillette Stadium on Thursday. Scarnecchia coached the Patriots offensive line for 15 years until announcing his retirement in January. Dave DeGuglielmo has since been named his replacement.
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