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Bill Belichick pays Belichickian tribute to Tom Brady on QB’s 40th birthday

The entire NFL world is more or less enjoying a holiday of sorts thanks to Thursday marking Tom Brady’s 40th birthday. But don’t expect Bill Belichick to get all mushy over it. In fact, Belichick delivered a quintessentially Belichickan tribute to the 40-year-old signal-caller.

The New England Patriots curmudgeonly head coach played it low-key — as expected — when commenting upon Brady’s milestone birthday, praising his longtime quarterback for a “great career.”

Belichick and Brady have been together since 2000, reaching seven Super Bowls and winning five championships. The success of their partnership is unparalleled and unrivaled, but Belichick stuck to a patented stodgy script when discussing Brady’s 40th.

“He’s had a great career, works hard, comes to work every day. It’s been like that for a long time,” Belichick said at his morning press conference, via the Boston Herald. “I don’t want to say you take it for granted, but I wouldn’t say it’s a big shock that he’s going to walk in here today and be prepared and go out and perform and give us his best. That’s what he’s been doing. We all expect that. He expects that out of himself, I’m sure he expects it out of me and we all expect out of each other.

“The level of consistency and the longevity is obviously very, very impressive.”

When asked if the Patriots had anything special planned, Belichick dryly replied, “Like a parade.”

Huh. Belichick must not have heard about the “G.O.A.T.S.: The Greatest Petting Zoo of All Time!” the Patriots set up to mark the special occasion.