For former Patriots defensive coordinator Dean Pees admitted that Sunday's game will be wrought with emotion.
"Its always an emotional day," Peas said Thursday. "Im not going to lie about that and act like its just another game. Its a big game for me. I think I mentioned it once before: Its kind of like when you go out and you play golf against somebody and you want to win, but when you play your brothers, you really want to win. Theres a lot of friends over there on the other sideline, a lot of old colleagues, a lot of players that I coached. So yeah, sure its an emotional game. It always is."
Pees did not seek to renew his contract with the Patriots after the 2010 season. He became the linebackers coach in Baltimore for two years before being named defensive coordinator in January. He said on Thursday that his relationship with Patriots coach Bill Belichick is still very good.
"My relationship with him is great," he said. "We still speak on occasion when were playing a team thats a common opponent and we arent playing each other. In certain years, well discuss things. Its a great relationship. The biggest thing I have taken from him, as Ive taken from all the head coaches, all the head coaches I have worked for, John Harbaugh included, they all have their different ways of doing things, and they are all good. So, what you do is you kind of try to steal a little bit of attention to detail, or whatever it might be, within your personality. You take all those things from every head coach I have been with."
The congratulatory messages rolled in for Tom Brady following win No. 201 on Sunday. He heard praise from his teammates and coach Bill Belichick and he received a game ball from Patriots owner Robert Kraft. Two of the guys he recently passed on the all-time wins list reached out as well.
Both Brett Favre (199 career wins) and Peyton Manning (200) touched base with the new record-holder after he surpassed the two retired quarterbacks in back-to-back weeks.
Favre posted a video online to show his support for Brady, which Brady saw after a friend sent it his way, he told WEEI's Kirk and Callahan Show.
"We were in touch this week a few times just with a couple of things that we were talking about football-wise," Brady said of Favre. "We exchanged some text messages, too. He’s a great guy. He’s someone I’ve always looked up to . . . There’s nobody physically or mentally tougher than that guy and endured the streak that he had. It was incredible. I’ve always really looked up to him. It was really cool."
Manning checked in, as he's wont to do, with something a little more traditional.
"I did hear from Peyton. He's someone that I've always been in touch with for a long time. I've known him for 16 years. He sent me a very nice note," Brady said. "I have a lot of respect for him and all that he accomplished, too. He's a great guy. We share a lot of things in common and I just always appreciate him as well."
Kirk and Callahan co-host Gerry Callahan acknowledged that the NFL sent out a tweet recognizing Brady's achievement, but he wondered if Brady had heard anything from commissioner Roger Goodell. Brady laughed when he heard the question initially. When he didn't respond at first, Callahan circled up again.
"I don't hear anything from the league," Brady said.
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