By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
This off-season, Danny Amendola left the New England Patriots as a free agent. He ultimately signed a two-year deal with the Miami Dolphins.
Amendola said the move, during a ride-along with ESPN’s Mike Reiss, was about his family. However, he gave the reporter a complicated reply when talking about Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.
“It’s not easy, that’s for sure,” Amendola said. “He’s an a–hole sometimes. There were a lot of things I didn’t like about playing for him, but I must say, the things I didn’t like were all in regards to getting the team better, and I respected him. I didn’t like practicing in the snow, I didn’t like practicing in the rain, but that was going to make us a better football team and that was going to make me a better football player.
“It wasn’t easy, and he’d be the first to admit, at the [Super Bowl] ring ceremony, that it wasn’t easy playing for him. The silver lining was that we were at the ring ceremony.”
The Patriots lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII. Yet, he won two Super Bowls in his tenure with the Patriots at Super Bowl XLIX and Super Bowl LI.
In the Super Bowl with the Eagles this past Feb., the Patriots were without cornerback Malcolm Butler. While he did play on special teams, Butler did not play on a single defensive snap.
“I have my thoughts about it because I was out there putting my blood, sweat, and tears out on the field that night, and one of our best players wasn’t on the field,” Amendola said. “To tell you the truth, I don’t know why. I did ask, but I didn’t get answers. I can’t make decisions like that, so I don’t necessarily worry about it, but I know Malcolm is a great player and he could have helped us win. For whatever reason, he wasn’t out there. He’s going to play more football in his career, and he’s going to be a great player for a long time.”
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