Eagle: Belichick and Kraft talked 's-t' before Super Bowl

Thursday, 17 May, 2018

But perhaps Johnson provided some grounds for why he despises New England and their methodology and philosophy for running the organization.

Johnson did not elaborate on what, exactly, Belichick said to Pederson, but he did offer plenty of candid commentary on a podcast hosted by WWE superstar "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and posted Tuesday.

"The Patriots, obviously, I respect their coach, I respect Bill (Belichick), I respect Tom Brady, but just because they won Super Bowls the Patriot Way, is that supposed to be how everybody else is supposed to do the same thing? It's not. And that's what I got mad at, the arrogance by them". "Their owner talking (expletive) to our owner. Bill talking [crap] to our head coach before the game", Johnson continued. "I'm not going to say it, but a lot of s-t kind of built up to that, and I just got exhausted of hearing about it, man, to be honest".

The edict has fuelled New England's success over the last two decades, but has also drawn the ire of opponents, like Johnson, across the NFL.

"As proud as I am of Matt's many contributions to those championship teams, I truly believe that his lasting legacy will be measured by the many positive things he and his wife, Susie, have done to help others in the community".

Just because Super Bowl LII is long over doesn't mean the trash talking has stopped. Under his stewardship, the Patriots' offense ranked among the top 10 seven times. Beyond his impressive on-field accomplishments, Light was also one of the most active players in donating his time to support community initiatives, and in 2005 he earned the Patriots' Ron Burton Community Service Award. Obviously, do they win? "No, I don't. That's just the God's honest truth". Well, because Johnson just wants to. "I think we had the upper hand on that".

"They're successful, but when they go to interviews, they act like [expletive] robots", Johnson added at the time. We can be cordial for a little bit. With that start, he joined Brady (8), Cornelius Bennett (5), John Elway (5) and Charles Haley (5) as the only players in National Football League history to start in at least five Super Bowls.

Johnson went even further, insinuating that Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Belichick disrespected Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie and head coach Doug Pederson before the Super Bowl. Yeah, but once you win a Super Bowl all those feelings turn into pure joy. I graduated top of my class in kindergarten and know that 5 is greater than 1.

In 2009, Light was recognized as one of the best players in franchise history when he was named to the Patriots' 50th Anniversary Team. Sounds like a guy who is primed for a career year to me.