Read Bill Belichick’s statement after releasing Stephen Gostkowski

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On Tuesday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick issued a press release by way of the crew concerning kicker Stephen Gostkowski, who was launched earlier within the week:

“I have had the privilege of coaching some of the best specialists in the NFL and Stephen Gostkowski is one of them. Stephen had many highlights over his 14 years as a Patriot and one of the most impressive was the way it began, when he succeeded the most accomplished kicker in NFL history. For some, this may have been too difficult a challenge. But from his rookie year, Stephen exuded a maturity and confidence that demonstrated he was up to the task. He made several crucial kicks his rookie year and established a top level of performance and consistency for years and years to come. Stephen is a great teammate who made outstanding contributions over a decade of championship football.”

Belichick doesn’t frequently difficulty statements following the discharge of gamers, so the truth that he selected to take action probably is a testomony to the respect he has for Gostkowski.

The 36-year-old Gostkowski performed 14 seasons in New England after being chosen within the fourth spherical in 2006 out of Memphis. He linked on 374 of 428 area objective makes an attempt and 653 of 664 PATs for 1,775 factors in 204 regular-season video games.