Tom Brady is preparing for his 10th Super Bowl appearance, his first with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and his first without head coach Bill Belichick.
So naturally, while speaking to the media during Super Bowl 55 week, Brady was asked about his relationship with his former head coach with the New England Patriots.
For Brady, it was all about taking the high road.
Brady spoke highly of Belichick and his time in New England, while also saying he has a good relationship with the enigmatic coach.
“I have a great relationship with him,” Brady said, via the New York Post. “I’m just incredibly grateful for what he’s meant in my life as a coach. He’s everything you could ask for as a player.
“I loved my time and two incredible decades there. My football journey took me to a different place. I certainly could never have accomplished the things in my career without his support and his teachings. Incredible coach and mentor for me, had a lot of those in my career, but obviously he’s at the top of the list.”
During their run together, Brady and Belichick won six Lombardi Trophies. In their final season, the team had a disappointing 7-9 record and lost the AFC East for the first time since 2008.
Kickoff between the Buccaneers and Chiefs is set for 6:30 p.m. ET on CBS.