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Two-time Tremendous Bowl Champion Danny Amendola hung up the cleats on Monday after 13 seasons within the NFL.
Amendola began his profession with the then-St. Louis Rams, who signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2009. After 4 seasons there, Amendola spent 5 years in New England with the Patriots, successful two rings in Tremendous Bowls XLIX and LI.
The receiver was the proper praise to Invoice Belichick’s always stalwart offense led by Tom Brady, and Belichick famous that he might do nearly all the things he was requested.
“I really like Danny. He was an excellent participant for us, had a whole lot of ability, largely performed inside, however might play exterior,” Belichick instructed reporters on Tuesday at coaching camp. “May return, very sensible, robust, reliable, nice fingers and focus.
“He was a superb soccer participant. Glad we had him right here, and he actually was an enormous contributor for us whereas he was right here for essentially the most half — I imply he missed just a little time, however he was on the market each probability he may very well be. He was robust, and he was — he’s a superb soccer participant.”
Belichick stated Amendola “ranked excessive” within the group of productive receivers the Patriots have had over time, evaluating him to a few of New England’s finest.
“We’ve been very lucky to have some good gamers at that place. Troy [Brown] — pretty much as good because it may very well be. Laborious to match Troy, and it’s onerous to match Troy, it’s actually not possible, however Wes [Welker] did a fantastic job for us, Danny got here in, Julian [Edelman], Jakobi [Meyers], guys which have performed in that spot have been completely different, however they’ve all been productive, they usually’ve all introduced a few of the identical frequent traits to the within receiver place. It’s been a really productive spot for us by way of the years, by way of a whole lot of various kinds of performs, quarterbacks, play calls, defenses. We’ve been very lucky with the gamers that we’ve had right here, however Danny actually is ranked excessive in that group.”
Now, the final man standing from the Pats’ dynasty is none aside from Brady, who got here again from retirement after lower than two months.
In 163 profession video games, he made 617 receptions for six,212 yards and 24 touchdowns, and he caught a landing in every of his Tremendous Bowl victories. With New England, he caught 230 balls, 12 of them for scores, for two,383 yards.