Super Bowl 2012: Patriots Fans Need to Appreciate Bill Belichick's Greatness

Tony SantorsaSenior Writer IIFebruary 4, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 03:  AFC Champion Head Coach Bill Belichick answers questions during a press conference during Super Bowl XLVI week at the JW Marriott in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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Many of you may not realize this, but Super Bowl XLVI will be the New England Patriots' fifth Super Bowl appearance in the last 10 years. 

What does that mean? Fifty percent of the Super Bowls over the last ten seasons have featured the New England Patriots, with the Pats winning three of them. 

Taking a look back at history, not too many franchises have done that, and New England's fanbase needs to appreciate that. 

Prior to Bill Belichick's arrival to New England, the franchise had gone to just two Super Bowls and lost both convincingly. 

The day Belichick stepped foot into old Foxboro Stadium, things changed real fast. 

Fast-forwarding from 2000 to 2011, the New England Patriots are one of the NFL's premier teams. 

The Patriots have not only emerged as the NFL's most recent dynasty, as they won three out of four Super Bowls from 2001-2004, but they have also featured arguably the greatest head coach and quarterback tandem in Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.

Throughout the course of NFL history, there has not been one head coach and one quarterback that have gone to five Super Bowls together—Belichick and Brady have. 

It's so hard to put Belichick's and Brady's greatness and success into words, as just taking a look at the history books can say it all.

However, what the Patriots have done in the last years is something truly special and all of Patriot Nation needs to realize that and appreciate that to its fullest. 

With that being said, Belichick and Brady will look to win their fourth Super Bowl together against the New York Giants this Sunday night—and with a victory, Belichick and Brady will not only be forever cemented the greatest that ever was, but New England's dynasty will have been resurrected. 


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