BOSTON (CBS) – It may be hard to believe, but Patriots’ coach Bill Belichick turned 62 years old Wednesday. The NFL’s longest tenured head coach was 47 years young when he took the reigns in New England.
It’s safe to speculate that the coach’s best birthday may have been his 48th. What’s so special about 48 you ask? On April 16, 2000, Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots selected a scrawny quarterback out of Michigan named Tom Brady with pick no. 199 in the NFL draft.
That’s right, Belichick drafted Brady on his birthday.
Tom Brady in the sixth round? Talk about a gift.
Since that day, Belichick has only added to a legacy that was already quite impressive.
He made a name for himself as the New York Giants defensive coordinator in the 1980’s. The man who helped to create Lawrence Taylor won two Super Bowls under the legendary Bill Parcells.
After an unsuccessful tenure in Cleveland and an abrupt, unceremonious ending to his time with the New York Jets, Belichick was given the chance to run the show in New England and quickly surpassed “The Tuna” and became a legend in his own right.
The coach secured three more Lombardi Trophies, and has won the AFC five times in the last 14 seasons, picking up three Coach of the Year Awards along the way.
Belichick is an elder statesman among NFL head coaches, but he’s not the oldest in the league. Tom Coughlin comes in as the NFL’s oldest head coach at 67 years of age, and he’s followed by Seattle’s Pete Carroll, who is seven months older than Belichick.
Gresh, Zo and Hardy wished the coach a happy birthday by replaying some classic audio from the man inside the hoodie:
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