Bill Belichick puts Patriots hero Matthew Slater in the GOAT category with Tom Brady and Lawrence Taylor

The New England Patriots have raised their stakes for the upcoming 2022 season. While they haven’t made any sort of flashy trades, they seem to be keeping things low key. However, this does not limit one of the famous personalities of the team. Head coach Bill Belichick collects the qualities of Matthew Slater, comparing him to the 2 icons he has coached in the past.

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Belichick has indeed been candid about the eloquent exchanges and shines the spotlight on the players he admires. However, we don’t see them very often. Since Belichick’s knowledge is scarce, it’s usually important when this happens. Longtime Special Teams captain Matthew Slater is pretty lucky to receive such praise from a living legend.

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Matthew Slater wins plea from Bill Belichick

Asked about special teams re-signing Matthew Slater at the NFL’s annual league conference in Florida a few weeks ago, Pats coach Bill Belichick responded.

According to ESPN and Mike ReissBelichick addresses, “[He] will go up there, in the game of kicking, with [Tom] Brady in attack and [Lawrence] Taylor in defense. So I feel very, very lucky to have the opportunity to coach all the players, but I would say those three in particular.” Reiss also mentions Bill’s gratitude for the opportunity to mentor the three.

The three-time Super Bowl winner has spent most of his tenure on special teams, mostly as a kick and punt shooter. The club currently recognize him as a wide and have made an emergency start in safe defense.

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Matthew built his entire 15-year NFL career in New England. In the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft, Bill Belichick bet on Matthew Slater. The athlete, who played mostly on special teams at UCLA, was selected to the Pro Bowl 9 times, the most by a special teams player in league history. He also earned Bart Starr and Art Rooney Sportsmanship Honors.

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Belichick’s placement of Slater in the same category as Brady and Lawrence Taylor demonstrates his admiration for the often overlooked third phase of the game. Brady is the greatest quarterback of all time, while fans widely considered Taylor the best all-time defensive player. With Belichick’s appreciation gushing, Slater’s special teams prowess could pay off in major upsides going forward.

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