Over the past few years, there have been rumors and reports of a perceived rift between New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and his longtime quarterback Tom Brady. But if that rift existed, it looks like it’s gone now.

The New England Patriots are set to honor Tom Brady during the team’s Week One showdown against the Philadelphia Eagles, showing their appreciation for all Brady accomplished with the team. And when asked about that upcoming ceremony, Bill Belichick had some heavy praise for his former quarterback.

“I’ve spoken to Tom a couple of times. Always look forward to talking to Tom and what a great experience and opportunity it was for me to coach Tom,” Belichick said according to Doug Kyed of the Boston Herald. “Tremendous appreciation for everything he did for me, did for our team, everything he gave us. Look forward to seeing him. Sounds like he’s moving on to a very successful career in broadcasting and whatever else he decides to do. He’s a pretty talented guy, I’m sure he’ll do well in whatever he chooses to do, whatever area that is. So, look forward to seeing him and I’m sure there will be a lot of excitement at the game, in the stands as there should be.

“He’s done an awful lot for this organization, for this franchise, for this city, the National Football League. One night’s really not enough, anywhere close to being enough for the appreciation for what Tom deserves.”

Those are some bold words from Belichick, and the NFL world had plenty to say about it on social media.

It’s safe to say that Belichick is excited to have Brady back in New England for the Week One matchup.

[Doug Kyed]