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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick has won six Super Bowls as a head coach and two more as an assistant coach with the New York Giants, so he has no shortage of remarkable accomplishments over his 46 NFL seasons. But one accomplishment that he ranks among his greatest falls into a different category: His escape from the New York Jets in 2000.
“That was one of the not only most defining, but one of the great moments of my career,” Belichick said Tuesday in his weekly interview on WEEI in Boston. “That combined with Robert [Kraft] giving me the opportunity to come here, I couldn’t have asked for anything more.”
Belichick’s comments came after he was told that ESPN’s Monday Night Football broadcast of the Patriots’ 30-27 win over the Jets included a flashback to the news conference in which he resigned as “HC of the NYJ,” which paved the way for him to come to New England in a trade that included the Jets receiving a first-round pick.
“That wasn’t a good situation for me and I didn’t want to be a part of it, so I wasn’t,” Belichick said Tuesday