The Eagles quarterback, who was sidelined at the Super Bowl because of an ACL tear, proposed to his girlfriend and proudly proclaimed, “Now Maddie and I both got us a ring.”
Given Belichick’s pass-happy Super Bowl teams with quarterback Tom Brady, it’s easy to forget he made his bones as a defensive wizard. Some of the best parts of this documentary chronicle exactly how Belichick earned his wunderkind reputation in the 1980s and ’90s.
In the 1986 NFL playoffs, the Giants were set to face Joe Montana’s 49ers, winners of two Super Bowls in five years. Belichick strongly recommended the Giants play man-to-man pass defense against Montana, Jerry Rice and Co., instead of their usual zone coverage. The result was a 49-3 beatdown of the 49ers that catapulted the Giants to the NFC championship game and an eventual Super Bowl 21 victory over John Elway’s Broncos.
Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has since stood by his decision without divulging the reasoning behind Butler’s omission.
Speaking after the game Butler said the Patriots “gave up on me.”
In a statement posted on Twitter and Instagram, Butler sought to clear up the facts.
“During my four-year career with the Patriots I have always given it everything I have to play at a high level and would never do anything to hurt my teams’ chances of winning a game, including this year’s Super Bowl, where I visited with my family every night,” he wrote. “During Super Bowl week I never attended any concert, missed curfew or participated [in] any of the ridiculous activities being reported. They are not only false, but hurtful, to me and my family.
“I wanted to win more,” said Rosen, who was 6-5 in the games he did start last year. “To be honest, I really didn’t accomplish a lot of the goals that I set out to do, which was really frustrating. All of the individual stuff kind of comes along with team success.