In 1999, Bill Parcells resigned as the head coach of the New York Jets, paving the way for another member of the coaching staff to take over. A press conference was set up to officially introduce Bill Belichick as Parcells' successor.
However, just minutes before Belichick's scheduled acceptance speech, the coach scribbled a resignation note on a small piece of paper and handed it to team President Steve Gutman.
When it was time for Belichick to take the podium, instead of an acceptance speech, he delivered a half-hour speech on why he would not accept the position, citing differences and uncertainties with ownership.
Most see the real reason for his departure being the available head coaching position with the New England Patriots, a team that had just fired Pete Carroll.
In fact, the Jets filed for compensation with the league, saying the Patriots did not have permission to speak to him, and the league ruled the Patriots would have to give the Jets a first-round pick in the 2000 NFL Draft.
Who knows how different the NFL would have been had Belichick stayed with the Jets? He finished his first season with the Patriots at 5-11, but everyone knows where it went from there.
This decision started the countdown on a down period for the Jets, who were left with no coaches and shattered thoughts of what could have been.