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Bill Belichick Praises Kirk Ferentz After Coaching Retreat

Kirk Ferentz waves to fans as he takes the field at Kinnick Stadium.

IOWA CITY, IA - NOVEMBER 14: Head coach Kirk Ferentz of the Iowa Hawkeyes waves as he takes the field before the match-up against the Minnesota Gophers on November 14, 2015 at Kinnick Stadium, in Iowa City, Iowa. (Photo by Matthew Holst/Getty Images)

Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz decided to take his staff to visit one of his former employers for a retreat. That former employer just so happens to be six-time Super Bowl champion Bill Belichick. Judging from the New England Patriots head coach's reaction, he holds Ferentz in high regard.

Per The Daily Iowan, Belichick praised Ferentz for his accomplishments at Iowa and expressed gratitude for his friendship. He reportedly invited his former assistant to speak to his team after a practice.

“He’s the winningest coach in the history of Iowa football,” Belichick said in a release. “He’s the longest-tenured FBS coach at one school in football. He’s coached at every level very successfully, so I think his résumé speaks for itself. He’s a tremendous person; I learned a lot from him in the three years that he coached for me at the Browns.”

“I’m grateful for our friendship and relationship and the family members that he’s sent us,” he said in a release.

Ferentz worked as an offensive line coach under Belichick with the Cleveland Browns from 1993 to 1995. Though Belichick was fired when the Browns moved to Baltimore in 1996, Ferentz stayed on with the newly-formed Baltimore Ravens until 1998 before being hired by the Hawkeyes.

The relationship clearly continued well beyond their parting in 1996.

Ferentz's son Brian got his coaching start with the Patriots before joining his own staff in 2012.

Meanwhile, Ferentz's younger son James currently plays center for the Patriots..

Suffice it to say, the Iowa head coach has one of the best friends to have in all of sports, let alone football.

[The Daily Iowan]