Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are invincible. Simple as that. Everyone knows they are the perfect head-coach quarterback duo, and Julian Edelman enjoyed being led by the best.
Brady and his coach won six Super Bowls, and they are off to their seventh trophy. They spent two decades together, and Edelman spend enough time in New England to make a difference between these two winners.
“I mean, I think they have different personality traits but there’s still similar core intangibles of preparation, work, discipline, sacrifice,” the receiver said. “Those types of things are very similar, but how they handle each other — completely different. Tom is a little more outgoing. He’ll get up on you sometimes if he needs to. Bill, it’s kind of different.”
Patriots owner Robert Kraft recognized the true values of Brady and Belichick.
“Definitely the greatest player of all time — not just quarterback in my opinion,” Kraft said during his interview with Mike Reiss. “Because he’s such a leader in the locker room. For someone double the age of some of the players to be able to lead like that, and connect like that, and have the work ethic that he has, and at the same time so pleasant to be around — I’m really the luckiest guy in the world.” He sure is lucky to have both Brady and Belichick on the same team.
“I think of him as that skinny young man coming down the steps of the old stadium with the pizza box and introducing himself to me,” he said. “I said, ‘I know who you are, you’re Tom Brady from Michigan, our sixth-round draft choice. And he said, ‘And I’m the best decision this organization has ever made.’ Of course, he was fourth on the depth chart. But I think he sure was right. But the greatest thing about him is he’s the same guy he was then. He’s a genuine person. He’s kind. He’s polite to everyone. He’s a very caring person.
“At the same time no one works harder or watches more film. What a great example for young kids who come into the locker room; they were 5 or 6 years old watching him, or in their teens. Now they come in and he sets the example. His personality is so engaging.”
When it comes to Belichick, Kraft calls him “the GOAT of coaches.”
“He’s the GOAT of coaches, just like our quarterback is the GOAT of quarterbacks. And no one can dispute it,” the Patriots owner said. “The fact that our organization has been able to perform at this level in the age of the salary cap, when everyone spends the same amount of money, I’m pretty proud that we’ve been able to keep him and our quarterback together for 19 years. Please, God, it will be two decades next year. In today’s era of free agency and people going in different directions, that’s pretty cool.”