On This Day: Bill Belichick Becomes Head Coach of New England Patriots in 2000

by Keeli Parkey
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Bill Belichick has been with the New England Patriots since 2000. Staying at any job for two decades is a real milestone these days. But, staying at a job with the pressure of an NFL head coach is even more impressive.

The New England Patriots organization acknowledged Belichick’s coaching anniversary with a tweet on Wednesday (Jan. 27). “1/27/00: BB became the HC of the New England Patriots,” the post said.

Some Twitters users responded positively to the tweet about Bill Belichick’s coaching anniversary.

“And the rest is history! Best decision @Patriots have ever made!” one user posted.

“And the rest is history. GOAT,” another said.

“Should be a holiday in New England (to be honest),” one post read.

Bill Belichick Wins Six Super Bowls with New England Patriots

During his two decades at the helm, Belichick has led the New England Patriots to the pinnacle of the National Football League. He has led the team to six Super Bowl championships. This, according to ESPN, puts him in pretty elite company. Curly Lambeau and George Halas are the only other coaches to win six titles since the league started having a postseason all the way back in 1933.

In addition to the six Super Bowl championships, Belichick is third all-time in overall wins. He has won 311 games during the regular season and playoffs. Don Shula holds the NFL record with 347 wins. Halas is in second place with 324. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Belichick surpass Halas should he continue to coach. Surpassing Shula isn’t outside the realm of possibility either.

The 2020 season was Bill Belichick’s 46th in the NFL and his 21st as the head coach of the New England Patriots.

Coach Belichick Decides Not to Accept Presidential Medal of Freedom

Earlier in January, Bill Belichick said he would not accept the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Donald Trump.

“Recently, I was offered the opportunity to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom, which I was flattered by out of respect for what the honor represents and admiration for prior recipients,” Belichick said in a statement reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

However, the assault on the United States Capitol on Jan. 6 led Belichick to change his mind.

“Subsequently, the tragic events of last week occurred and the decision has been made not to move forward with the award,” he said.

He went on to say that: “Above all, I am an American citizen with great reverence for our nation’s values, freedom, and democracy. I know I also represent my family and the New England Patriots team.

“One of the most rewarding things in my professional career took place in 2020 when, through the great leadership within our team, conversations about social justice, equality, and human rights moved to the forefront and became actions.

“Continuing those efforts while remaining true to the people, team, and country I love outweigh the benefits of any individual award,” Belichick concluded.

Belichick denied the award despite a friendship with President Trump.

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