Ex-Patriots HC Bill Belichick pens heartfelt letter to fans for their ‘passion and power’ in farewell newspaper ad

Bill Belichick officially closed his journey with the New England Patriots in January after the end of their 2023 NFL season. For more than two decades, the head coach was one of the most successful at his spot in the NFL, or probably any sport.

The Patriots moved on easily by hiring former inside linebackers coach Jerod Mayo as their HC. The move was made just one day after announcing Belichick’s departure. The ex-Patriots HC has now written an emotional letter to the team’s fans for their dedicated support throughout his 24 seasons.

Bill Belichick expresses gratitude to Patriots fans

Bill Belichick expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the Patriots fans in a full-page ad in the Boston Globe. He acknowledged the unparalleled passion of the team’s fans by highlighting the unique connection he felt with them.

“Nowhere in America are pro sports fans as passionate as in New England and for 24 years, I was blessed to feel your passion and power. The Patriots are the only NFL team representing SIX states but in reality, Patriots Nation knows no borders. Six times, you packed Boston by the millions for parades that were truly a two-way expression of gratitude and love. The images from those days are burned in my memory,” he wrote.

Belichick commended the fans for their unwavering support. He noted their dedication, as they traveled across the country and even internationally to cheer for the Patriots.

“You traveled from coast to coast and internationally. Numerous times, you overtook opposing stadiums and were the last fans standing. We loved it! You gave your precious time, resources, and energy to our team. We appreciated it! Six times, you packed Boston by the millions for parades that were truly a two-way expression of gratitude and love. The images from those days are burned in my memory.”

The veteran also displayed a sense of humor by addressing jokes about his press-conference etiquette and distinctive fashion choices.

“You may even have enjoyed my fashion sense and press conferences, or maybe you just tolerated them. I loved coaching here and, together, we experienced some amazing moments.”

The note concluded with a powerful “THANK YOU ALL” written in capital letters.

Bill Belichick’s illustrious career with the Patriots includes six Super Bowl championships along with three AP Coach of the Year awards, and nine conference titles. Beyond his coaching success, he holds a Sports Emmy for his contributions to the “NFL 100 All-Time Team” series.

What are Bill Belichick’s potential landing spots?

Bill Belichick found himself in unfamiliar territory after missing out on the Atlanta Falcons head coaching position, the only job he interviewed for this offseason. However, the team went on reaching an agreement with Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris for the role. The Washington Commanders were also seen as a potential landing spot for him. However, they filled the vacancy by hiring Dan Quinn.

Meanwhile, rumors have emerged suggesting the coach could be eyeing a future role with the Kansas City Chiefs. Speculation intensified after FOX Sports’ Craig Carton boldly predicted that he could succeed Andy Reid as the Chiefs’ HC following Reid’s potential retirement. Even NFL insiders Adam Schefter and Mike Florio have entertained the idea, contemplating the possibility, especially if the defending champion team secures another Super Bowl victory under Reid’s leadership.

Besides that, CBS Sports suggests that the Buffalo Bills could be a potential destination for Bill Belichick. After three consecutive postseason exits in the divisional round, the team might be motivated to bring in the coach. He would add an extra layer of spice to their divisional matchups against his former team, the Patriots.


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Maliha is an insightful sports writer with over a year of experience focusing on the NFL. Initially venturing into both NFL and NBA coverage, her journey began without a particular affinity for American football. However, her passion for the sport blossomed as she started following football more. Now, a huge NFL fan, Maliha meticulously follows every development within the league. She always wants to ensure her analysis is comprehensive and up-to-date to fellow readers.


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