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NFL World Pays Tribute To Patriots Coach Bill Belichick

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick on the practice field.

FOXBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS - AUGUST 28: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks on during training camp at Gillette Stadium on August 28, 2020 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Michael Dwyer-Pool/Getty Images)

It was Bill Belichick's 70th birthday yesterday and NFL fans around the country have been paying tribute to the most successful coach in NFL history.

In 22 years with the New England Patriots, Belichick has led the team to the playoffs 18 times. He has 17 AFC East titles, 30 postseason wins, 13 AFC Championship Game appearances, nine Super Bowl appearances and six Super Bowl wins.

With 290 career regular season wins from his time in New England and the Cleveland Browns, he's just 38 wins away from tying the late Don Shula's all-time wins record. And with the way his teams play, he'll reach that goal in at most four years.

NFL fans and analysts have taken to Twitter to offer their congratulations to Belichick for reaching 70. Many have said that he's showing no signs of slowing down at his age either:

Bill Belichick got his first NFL coaching job all the way back in 1975 as a special assistant with the Baltimore Colts. He spent the next few years coaching receivers and special teams in Detroit and Denver before being hired by the New York Giants in 1979.

Belichick would be one of Ray Perkins' top assistants for several years, but it was Bill Parcells who helped him realize his potential as one of the great minds in college coaching. After naming Belichick his defensive coordinator, the pair won two Super Bowls together.

Belichick parlayed his success in New York into the Browns job in 1991, leading Cleveland to the playoffs in 1994. He followed Parcells to the Patriots in 1995 and to the New York Jets in 1997 before joining New England in 2000.

The rest is history. And that history is still being written.