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Belichick notes that MVP winners and titles don’t mix lately

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Bill Belichick delivered the commencement address at his son’s high school Suffield Academy on Friday, and stressed succeeding within a group structure.

“There’s no ‘I’ in team, but there is an ‘I’ in win. That stands for individual achievement. You need to do your job, because without it, there’s no leadership,” Belichick said via MassLive.com. “The greatest leaders I’ve coached just go out there and do their job with a good attitude.”

Belichick pointed out something to the graduates we hadn’t realized: No championship team in the last decade in the four major sports had the league M.V.P. from that year on the roster.

The Patriots are one big reason why.  Tom Brady has won two league MVP awards, but suffered perhaps the two most painful losses of the Belichick era after winning them.  (The Giants in the Super Bowl and the Jets last year.)

Belichick’s last message was simple and strong.

“Your mission in life is to love life,” Belichick said. “Chase the dreams you have, not somebody else’s.”

We’d add that it doesn’t hurt to make those dreams attainable. My dream was to find a job where I could write about football without putting pants on in the morning.

UPDATE: Belichick’s facts were slightly off.  There have been no title winning MVPs since 2004. Joe Sakic (’01), Tim Duncan (’03), and Martin St. Louis (’04) all pulled off the trick.

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29 Responses to “Belichick notes that MVP winners and titles don’t mix lately”
  1. Bubby Brister says: May 28, 2011 11:45 AM

    Actually a really good message he had with this speech.

  2. commandercornpone says: May 28, 2011 11:50 AM

    triple g, the pantsless wonder…

  3. j0esixpack says: May 28, 2011 11:51 AM

    I’m profoundly disturbed on many different levels by the notion of Gregg writing about Bill Belichick with no pants on.

  4. intherelikeswimwear says: May 28, 2011 11:58 AM

    Excellent point, 3G. You are living the dream. Ya’ll hiring?

  5. gophersnot says: May 28, 2011 12:01 PM

    Were there surveillance cameras in the crowd? Had Belicheat scouted the kids in the audience first? Was he videotaping the graduation?

  6. rajbais says: May 28, 2011 12:10 PM

    He must’ve really put students to sleep when they originally didn’t want to be there in the first place.

  7. depotnator says: May 28, 2011 12:17 PM

    “My dream was to find a job where I could write about football without putting pants on in the morning.”

    The author’s mother probably hoped her son had loftier goals in life.

  8. baddegg says: May 28, 2011 12:31 PM

    Re: the pants — we really didn’t need to know that.
    :-D

  9. peanutbutter&jelly says: May 28, 2011 12:37 PM

    b.b. never spoke truer words & greg it don’t matter if we can see you or not keep your pants on

  10. CKL says: May 28, 2011 12:38 PM

    BB has pants on (I hope) but GGGGGG doesn’t, Joe.
    /loves the unintended hilarity and confusion of dangling phrases

    Funny how much crap BB gets from the media at times for not saying much, but I’m happier he says little instead of embarrassing himself and using a college commencement speech to talk crap like De Smith did.

  11. CKL says: May 28, 2011 12:41 PM

    Also you think the youngest Belichick (Brian I think)wasn’t mortified to have dad giving his HS commencement address? I bet he was…LOL

  12. dangmalzone says: May 28, 2011 1:03 PM

    Tim Duncan won MVP in 2003 on a championship Spurs team.

  13. profootballwalk says: May 28, 2011 1:13 PM

    Four sports times ten years = forty MVP awards. And the Patriots, with two of them, are one big reason why? It continuse to amaze me that Rosenthal can get paid for writing. Not writing about sports – just writing anything.

  14. bjk795 says: May 28, 2011 1:15 PM

    Tim Duncan in ’03 won mvp and got a ring however he’s an exception, true team player.

  15. hobartbaker says: May 28, 2011 1:19 PM

    There are two “I”s in Belichik. But none in pudgy, frumpy, or sleazy.

  16. ianwhetstone says: May 28, 2011 1:40 PM

    On the other hand, the Defensive Player of the Year seems to fare pretty well. Ray Lewis’s Ravens won in 2000, Derrick Brooks’ Bucs won in 2002, and James Harrison’s Steelers won in 2008. Troy Polamamu’s Steelers went to the Super Bowl last year, and came up short to DPoY runner-up Clay Matthews’ Packers.

  17. hobartbaker says: May 28, 2011 2:11 PM

    Near the end of his address, Billy Goat Grump traded the last 10 minutes of his alloted time for a full hour at next year’s ceremony, along with first spot in the buffet table lineup.

  18. hobartbaker says: May 28, 2011 2:21 PM

    Work on the grammer, spelling, and punctuation, G. Maybe you get a raise and be able to afford to buy pants.

  19. fran021 says: May 28, 2011 2:57 PM

    Somewhere on this site it shold be noted that comments are moderated.

  20. 8man says: May 28, 2011 5:16 PM

    CKL says:
    May 28, 2011 12:41 PM
    Also you think the youngest Belichick (Brian I think)wasn’t mortified to have dad giving his HS commencement address? I bet he was…LOL
    ———————————————
    You mean the same dad that is respected as one of the best NFL coaches in history, turned Tom Brady into a superstar and makes enough jack to send his kids to any college, any where?

    Do you mean that dad?

  21. backindasaddle says: May 28, 2011 6:15 PM

    Was the pants comment supposed to be funny???… It wasn’t. Instead it just showed a lack of professionalism and and low set of work values. But I guess I’m just Old School and the advancement of technology means we not longer need any such standards.

  22. discosucs2005 says: May 28, 2011 6:28 PM

    To be fair, he took that speech from one of the other commencement speeches he had been video taping to prepare.

  23. commandercornpone says: May 28, 2011 8:33 PM

    to be fair, i thought triple g wore jump suits.

    “go team pft”

  24. hosmachine says: May 28, 2011 8:54 PM

    Think he’s wearing a hoodie underneath the gown?

  25. walleyewall says: May 28, 2011 9:23 PM

    hey kids lets cheat get caught and then never talk about it again or win another championship again FRAUDS from top to the bottom of that nfl team throw in the dirty commish as the top cover up to that

  26. krow101 says: May 29, 2011 6:28 AM

    Yep. There sure is an ‘i’ in ‘win’. But in New England there’s also a great big ‘cheat’ in it too.

  27. guypatsfan says: May 29, 2011 8:39 AM

    walleyewall says:
    May 28, 2011 9:23 PM
    hey kids lets cheat get caught and then never talk about it again or win another championship again FRAUDS from top to the bottom of that nfl team throw in the dirty commish as the top cover up to that
    ————————————————–

    Haters gotta hate, right? You gotta be a Jetz fan.

  28. kroy714 says: May 31, 2011 7:27 AM

    Hi all,
    I am the journalist who covered the Suffield Academy graduation for the Springfield Republican and I just wanted to clarify that Bill Belichick did not mention hockey when he referenced championship titles and MVPs. It was my error, not his.
    Sorry for the confusion (and please pass the word on to any other websites/blogs that have mentioned this error).
    Best,
    Kate Roy

  29. CKL says: May 31, 2011 8:57 AM

    That’s quite honorable of you to come here in order to state that, Ms. Roy. Thank you from a Pats fan who isn’t used to BB ever making a factual error when he speaks. I thought it was the a sign of the apocalypse or something. :)

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