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

AP

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.

29 responses to “Belichick notes that MVP winners and titles don’t mix lately

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

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

  3. “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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

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

  10. 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
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    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?

  11. 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.

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

  13. 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

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

  15. 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
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    Haters gotta hate, right? You gotta be a Jetz fan.

  16. 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

  17. 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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