Count Bill Belichick among the football fans who have taken an interest in the new Tom Brady docuseries.
The New England Patriots head coach revealed to reporters Tuesday that he plans to watch “Man in the Arena” at some point.
“I haven’t (seen it), but I am sure Tom did a great job, like he always does,” Belichick said on “The Greg Hill Show,” as transcribed by WEEI. “He was such a centerpiece in obviously all those games. I can’t wait to see it.”
Belichick went on to effusively praise the quarterback with whom he won six Super Bowl titles while pointing out the obvious reasons why he finds the docuseries so compelling.
“I definitely will (watch it) and as I have said many times, nobody deserves more credit for our success here than Tom does,” Belichick said. “He’s a great player, great person, great leader. Just a tremendous opportunity for me to coach. Probably the greatest player in NFL history and on defense with [Lawrence] Taylor, the greatest offensive player with Tom and greatest defensive player with Taylor. It’s been a tremendous opportunity for me as a coach. I certainly learned a lot from Tom. He helped me develop as a coach, as did Taylor. I am very thankful for my opportunity to have over 30 years coaching those two guys.”
The nature of the relationship between Belichick and Brady was a source of endless conjecture and rampant speculation during their final years together in New England. While both parties always downplayed the notion of any acrimony between the two, it became clear that their working relationship was coming to a needed end. Belichick’s unsurprisingly unsentimental attitude about Brady as the quarterback pondered his future during the 2020 offseason indicated as much.
Still, despite the duo’s unceremonious split when Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, both Belichick and the future Hall of Fame quarterback have said all the right things since then when discussing one another. Belichick’s laudatory praise of Brady Tuesday only reinforces the notion that the two have the utmost respect for one another.
“Man in the Arena,” which features Brady reminiscing about his 10 Super Bowl appearances, is a 10-part docuseries currently airing on ESPN+ in weekly installments. The first episode premiered on Nov. 16 and the finale will air on Jan. 18.