Bill Belichick has had more winning moments in NFL history than anyone, but one of his favorite moments was the day he resigned from the New York Jets. Belichick was in line to step in for Bill Parcells after he retired, but Belichick abruptly resigned during his introductory news conference. Thankfully for Patriots fans, Robert Kraft would pull off the most important trade in the history of the franchise by sending the Jets their 1st and 4th round picks in the 2000 draft, and a 7th round pick in 2002.
On Tuesday, the subject of Belichick’s resignation came up. Belichick called his resignation “one of the great moments of my career.”
“One of thee, not only most defining, but one of the great moments of my career,” Belichick said. “That combined with Robert Kraft giving me the opportunity to come here, I couldn’t have asked for anything more.
“So, that wasn’t a good situation for me, and I didn’t want to be part of it, so I wasn’t.”
That decision has equally haunted Jets fans for the past two decades as much as it has brought a lifetimes worth of celebrations for Patriots fans. Had Belichick stayed with the Jets, it likely would have altered the past two decades of Boston being the city of champions.