New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick gave longtime assistant Pepper Johnson a glowing endorsement for his next job in the NFL.
Belichick spent 24 years with the former Patriots linebackers coach — 10 while Johnson played linebacker for the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and New York Jets, and another 14 as a coach in New England. Belichick released a statement on Johnson’s departure from the Patriots’ coaching staff.
“I am proud and honored to have spent more years of my career with Pepper Johnson than any other player or coach,” Belichick said. “Of all the people I coached or worked with, nobody has more passion and love for the game than Pepper. His energy and wisdom for football knows no limits. Pepper made me a better coach and person and helped create some of the greatest moments of my career. He is a great player, coach and lifelong friend and I am sure he will enjoy continued success as he moves forward.” Follow @DougKyedNESN