Tom Brady Bill Belichick FOXBORO, MA – AUGUST 31: Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots and Tom Brady #12 chat before a preseason game with the New York Giants at Gillette Stadium on August 31, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

The New England Patriots are set to honor legendary quarterback Tom Brady during their Week One matchup against the Philadelphia Eagles next month. And as the team prepares for the celebration, head coach Bill Belichick had some heavy praise for his former quarterback.

During a recent press conference, Bill Belichick made it clear that not only is he pleased that the team will have a chance to celebrate Tom Brady, but he claims that one day of celebration is simply not enough for what Brady did for the franchise.

“I’ve spoken to Tom a couple of times. Always look forward to talking to Tom and what a great experience and opportunity it was for me to coach Tom,” Belichick said, via Doug Kyed of the Boston Herald. “Tremendous appreciation for everything he did for me, did for our team, everything he gave us. Look forward to seeing him. Sounds like he’s moving on to a very successful career in broadcasting and whatever else he decides to do. He’s a pretty talented guy, I’m sure he’ll do well in whatever he chooses to do, whatever area that is. So, look forward to seeing him and I’m sure there will be a lot of excitement at the game, in the stands as there should be.

“He’s done an awful lot for this organization, for this franchise, for this city, the National Football League. One night’s really not enough, anywhere close to being enough for the appreciation for what Tom deserves.”

That’s certainly high praise, especially coming from a guy like Belichick, who typically avoids puffery.

When asked if he felt Brady deserved a statue after everything he accomplished, he certainly didn’t rule it out.

“Give him whatever you want,” Belichick said with a laugh. “Yeah.”

[Boston Herald]