Belichick, not one for compliments, calls Brady ‘greatest'

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Bill Belichick and Tom Brady have won four Super Bowls together.

No, it’s not that far-fetched, even if some NFL fans decide to rip it.

But on Thursday, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick dubbed his longtime quarterback, Tom Brady, as “the greatest quarterback of all-time.”

Belichick was speaking at the 2016 Salesforce World Tour event, according to ESPN, when he uttered the words that will get many outside Patriots nation talking. Belichick spoke at the event one year after Brady was a speaker at the event. That led to a comment about following Brady, and the fact that those at the event had plenty to clean up after Brady’s appearance.

“Oh, I can imagine,” Belichick said, according to weei.com. “We have to do that at the stadium, [all the people] paying homage to him. You know … greatest quarterback of all time. He’s been a tremendous leader and tremendous player for our organization.”

Brady, of course, is squarely in the conversation among the best QBs of all-time, with four Super Bowl titles, three Super Bowl MVPs and two NFL MVPs and 11 Pro Bowl berths.

“He’s been just a tremendous leader and tremendous player for our organization,” Belichick said of Brady, according to ESPN.

Brady is coming off a season in which he threw 36 TDs and just seven interceptions. The Patriots have missed the playoffs just twice since Brady took over for Drew Bledsoe as statrting quarterback in 2001, and in one of those seasons, Brady was injured in Week 1 and didn’t play again that year.

Belichick attributed much of that success to Brady’s presence, talking of how the Pats continually unearth untested talents, but stressing that you need “great players” to continue to win.

“We’ve had to find different ways to capitalize on the talent that’s available. Otherwise, we’re going to get like the fifth-, sixth-, seventh-best guy at whatever the position is. So we’ve tried to take more of our way in areas that are less populated,” he said.

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