BOSTON (CBS) — Michael Irvin hasn’t hid his appreciation of Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots over the years, but this week, he’s taken it to a whole new level.
Speaking to the Boston Herald’s Jeff Howe, the Hall of Fame wide receiver said that the name of the Lombardi Trophy ought to be changed to include the name of Belichick.
“I think the world of Belichick,” Irvin said to the Herald. “I told him this: ‘Man, if it was up to me, that trophy would be called the Lombardi/Belichick.’ I don’t care what they think. It would be called the Lombardi/Belichick. That’s how good he is to do what he’s doing in this day and age, what the league is now.”
Irvin is part of the small club of NFL players who have won three Super Bowls, so he certainly has an appreciation of Belichick’s three titles in four years, particularly during a salary cap era.
Lombardi, of course, is the legendary coach of the Green Bay Packers. He led the Packers to championships in the first two years of the Super Bowl era, after leading the Packers to three NFL championships in the five years previous. His overall record as head coach of the Packers is 89-29-4.
Belichick is entering his 13th season with the Patriots with a 139-53 record in New England and 175-97 record as a head coach overall. He’s led the Patriots to three Super Bowl championships and has gotten them back to the big game twice since then.
The trophy was officially named after Lombardi in 1970, after he died suddenly from cancer at the age of 57.