Before Super Bowl 54 between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers was kicked off, the NFL decided to celebrate its history by honoring the players and coaches voted to the recently revealed 100th anniversary team — an all-time squad including eight former or current members of the New England Patriots organization. As part of the pre-game festivities all of them were mentioned by name, but one stood out among the rest.
The Patriots’ head coach is one of ten coaches to make the team, and the only active one voted in by the league’s expert panel (one that included himself). This in combination with where the Super Bowl took place — Miami, home of New England’s conference rival Dolphins — led to the future Hall of Famer getting a less than warm welcome: as opposed to the other members of the all-time team, Belichick was booed by the crowd.
His reaction, however, was appropriate and stole the pre-game show:
What better way to silence the critics than flashing your Super Bowl rings into their face. To top this move off, Belichick — ever the humble competitor — did not even wear all of his record eight championship rings but just three of them: the two he earned as the New York Giants’ defensive coordinator in the late 1980s and early 1990s, and the one he received after leading the Patriots to their sixth title to cap the 2018 season.
Even though he did not coach in the big game that the Chiefs went on to win with a final score of 31-20, the week was therefore quite busy for Belichick. Before silencing his critics by showing off his jewelry, the 67-year-old also attended the Super Bowl party hosted by ex-Patriots tight end and fellow member of the NFL’s all-time team Rob Gronkowski — who also represented the team at the pre-game ceremony.
Belichick and Gronkowski were joined by quarterback Tom Brady, kicker Adam Vinatieri and retired wide receiver Randy Moss: