Bill Belichick lauds Stephen Gostkowski in goodbye statement

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The Patriots said their goodbye to Tom Brady a week go. They officially bid Stephen Gostkowski farewell Tuesday.

Coach Bill Belichick doesn’t normally comment on players’ departures, which, by putting out a statement on Gostkowski, shows how much he thinks of Gostkowski.

“I have had the privilege of coaching some of the best specialists in the NFL and Stephen Gostkowski is one of them,” Belichick said in a statement. “Stephen had many highlights over his 14 years as a Patriot and one of the most impressive was the way it began when he succeeded the most accomplished kicker in NFL history. For some, this may have been too difficult a challenge. But from his rookie year, Stephen exuded a maturity and confidence that demonstrated he was up to the task. He made several crucial kicks his rookie year and established a top level of performance and consistency for years and years to come. Stephen is a great teammate who made outstanding contributions over a decade of championship football.”

Gostkowski replaced Adam Vinatieri in 2006 and won three Super Bowl rings. He made 87.4 percent of his field goals, fifth-best all time.

Gostkowski, 36, ended last season on injured reserve with a hip injury that needed surgery.

14 responses to “Bill Belichick lauds Stephen Gostkowski in goodbye statement

  1. Unless he literally cannot kick now, this is a mistake and they will regret it. Look how valuable reliable kickers have been the last couple seasons. His reliability has to be nil to justify this.

  2. He is done and will retire. His downturn started in the title game in Denver in January of 2016, unable to get the depleted Pats
    into OT.

  3. Word on the street, NOW. Is that Diggs, and Hopkins both had interest in the PAts, but potential offers were absolute garbage.

    As a 20+ year Pats fan, thanks Bill for: Giving Tom a lower offer than last year, Franchising…. Joe THuney? Who? Still in March without having long-term discussions with Tom, who wanted to see if either of those 2 recievers would take the deal, then letting tom go because you tied up so much with that THuney deal.
    If we signed: Tom, Diggs, Hopkins, even gave Gostowski a DECENT deal (Word is they offered him trash money) Pats would be a BETTER team WITHOUT Thuney at all.
    In Bill we trustED — not anymore. You blew it Bill, go Bucks.

  4. mzew233 says:
    If we signed: Tom, Diggs, Hopkins, even gave Gostowski a DECENT deal (Word is they offered him trash money) Pats would be a BETTER team WITHOUT Thuney at all.
    In Bill we trustED β€” not anymore. You blew it Bill, go Bucks.

    @mzew233-
    Yeah, load up on wide receivers and trash your o-line, that usually works out great. And where was all this cap room going to come from? Please, go hop on the Bucs band wagon but hurry up, the seats are going quick.

  5. BB may very well be softening up. 1st saying goodbye to Tom Brady and now Gostkowski. I only hope he dose not forget to say goodbye to Van Noy, Shelton, Robert, Karras, Ebner, and Collins.

  6. mzew233 says:
    March 24, 2020 at 7:52 pm
    Word on the street, NOW. Is that Diggs, and Hopkins both had interest in the PAts, but potential offers were absolute garbage.

    As a 20+ year Pats fan, thanks Bill for: Giving Tom a lower offer than last year, Franchising…. Joe THuney? Who? Still in March without having long-term discussions with Tom, who wanted to see if either of those 2 recievers would take the deal, then letting tom go because you tied up so much with that THuney deal.
    If we signed: Tom, Diggs, Hopkins, even gave Gostowski a DECENT deal (Word is they offered him trash money) Pats would be a BETTER team WITHOUT Thuney at all.
    In Bill we trustED β€” not anymore. You blew it Bill, go Bucks. Lol Dont let the door hit you on the way out !

  7. Love gost hes a Foxborough legend but it’s time just like with brady the dynasty must move forward ! πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†

  8. chawk12thman says:

    March 24, 2020 at 6:45 pm

    Nice statement. Maybe BB is softening up as he gets older.
    —————————————————————————-

    Tell that to Tom Brady

    We all knew the end of the dynasty was coming, but the way it came was brutal.

    Belichick was as cold and unfeeling to the guys who built – and maintained – his dynasty for almost 20 years, as he has ever been.

    Gost stepped in when Vinitari left, some very big shoes to fill, but fill them he did. He’ll be fondly remembered by Pats fans regardless of whether he retires or goes somewhere else. He’ll always be remembered as a Patriot, a very important part of a great dynasty.

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