Bill Belichick writes heartwarming letter to Patriots fans

By Nina Campanello

Bill Belichick posted a letter to Patriots fans in this Sunday’s Boston GlobeThe beloved former coach was recently fired following a disappointing season but has served New England for 24 years prior to his departure. 

In his letter, Belichick said, “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.” Belichick’s time with the Patriots came to an end on Jan. 11, four days after the conclusion of the season with a record of 4-13. 

While fans expected a more successful season, Belichick is remembered for bringing six Super Bowl titles to the New England team, as well as 17 AFC East victories and 18 postseason appearances. “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,” Belichick wrote, reflecting on the victories. 

Belichick had a big personality on and off the field, whether it be coaching or answering questions at press conferences. He wrote, “You may even have enjoyed my fashion sense and press conferences, or maybe you just tolerated them.” Belichick was often clad in tattered Patriots gear and ill-fitting hoodies when he took to the field.

The former coach also thanked fans for their undying support and dedication to the team. “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,” he said. Even as the Patriots failed to take charge this season, fans still poured into Gillette Stadium to show their support for the team.

In his total time with New England, Belichick won 296 games, regular season and postseason combined. It is unclear where the 71-year-old will end up next, with every empty head coach position filled this offseason, but he reportedly still wants to coach.