Next Sunday, Brady will join Mike Lodish as the second player to participate in six Super Bowls while Belichick will join Don Shula as the second coach to pilot a team to six. 13 years after that first one, the Belichick-Brady Pats are reviled by nearly everyone south of Interstate-84, so we've certainly come a long way.
Belichick's 13-year span between Super Bowls is the third-longest for an NFL coach, trailing Dick Vermeil and Shula.
Most years between first and last Super Bowls for NFL coach
|Yrs||Coach||From||To||Tm||SB Rec||Super Bowls (Wins in Bold)|
|19||Dick Vermeil||1980||1999||PHI-STL||1-1||1980, 1999|
|16||Don Shula||1968||1984||BAL-MIA||2-4||1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1982, 1984|
|13||Bill Belichick||2001||2014||NE||3-2||2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2011, **2014**|
|12||Dan Reeves||1986||1998||DEN-ATL||0-4||1986, 1987, 1989, 1998|
|10||Bill Parcells||1986||1996||NYG-NE||2-1||1986, 1990, 1996|
|10||Bill Cowher||1995||2005||PIT||1-1||1995, 2005|
|10||John Fox||2003||2013||CAR-DEN||0-2||2003, 2013|
If the Patriots beat the Seahawks, the 13-year span of Super Bowl victories would give Belichick the new record, passing Joe Gibbs.
Most years between first and last Super Bowl wins for NFL coach
|Yrs||Coach||From||To||Tm||SB Rec||Super Bowls (Wins in Bold)|
|9||Joe Gibbs||1982||1991||WAS||3-1||1982, 1983, 1987, 1991|
|7||Bill Walsh||1981||1988||SF||3-0||1981, 1984, 1988|
|6||Tom Landry||1971||1977||DAL||2-3||1970, 1971, 1975, 1977, 1978|
|5||Chuck Noll||1974||1979||PIT||4-0||1974, 1975, 1978, 1979|
|5||George Seifert||1989||1994||SF||2-0||1989, 1994|
The 10-year drought between titles would become the longest, passing the six years by Landry and the five by Gibbs and Seifert.
Moving on to his quarterback, Brady will be only the seventh player to take part in Super Bowls 13 years apart. Vince Wilfork will also become the 18th player with multiple appearances in the ultimate game over a span of at least ten years.
Most years between first and last Super Bowl appearances
|Yrs||Player||From||To||Tm||SB Rec||Super Bowls (Wins in Bold)|
|14||Jerry Rice||1988||2002||SF-OAK||3-1||1988, 1989, 1994, 2002|
|14||Bill Romanowski||1988||2002||SF-DEN-OAK||3-1||1988, 1997, 1998, 2002|
|13||Tom Brady||2001||2014||NE||3-2||2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2011, **2014**|
|13||Junior Seau||1994||2007||SD-NE||0-2||1994, 2007|
|13||Mike Horan||1986||1999||DEN-STL||1-3||1986, 1987, 1989, 1999|
|13||Ted Hendricks||1970||1983||BAL-RAI||4-0||1970, 1976, 1980, 1983|
|13||Gene Upshaw||1967||1980||OAK||2-1||1967, 1976, 1980|
|12||Ray Lewis||2000||2012||BAL||2-0||2000, 2012|
|12||John Elway||1986||1998||DEN||2-3||1986, 1987, 1989, 1997, 1998|
|11||Tedy Bruschi||1996||2007||NE||3-5||1996, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007|
|11||Matt Bahr||1979||1990||PIT-NYG||2-0||1979, 1990|
|11||Bob Kuechenberg||1971||1982||MIA||2-2||1971, 1972, 1973, 1982|
|10||Vince Wilfork||2004||2014||NE||1-2||2004, 2007, 2011, **2014**|
|10||Matt Light||2001||2011||NE||3-2||2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2011|
|10||Charles Johnson||2001||2011||NE||1-1||2001, 2011|
|10||Adam Vinatieri||1996||2006||NE-IND||4-1||1996, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006|
|10||Howard Cross||1990||2000||NYG||1-1||1990, 2000|
|10||Preston Pearson||1968||1978||BAL-PIT-DAL||2-3||1968, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1978|
With a win, Brady and Wilfork would become the fifth and sixth players to win multiple Super Bowls over a ten-year stretch. Brady's 13 years would tie the record held by "the Mad Stork" as Hendricks also won titles 13 years apart. Lewis is next with 12, followed by Bahr with 11, then Romanowski (and possibly Wilfork) with 10.
We'll see if Brady joins Hendricks as the only players to win Super Bowls 13 years apart, but let's take a look at other sports...
There are 14 players that have played in and won a World Series 13 years apart, and it's fitting to see one George Herman Ruth at the top of the list.
Most years between first and last World Series championships
|17||Babe Ruth||1915||1932||BOS-NYY||1915, 1916, 1918, 1923, 1927, 1928, 1932|
|1966, 1970, 1983
|16||Enos Slaughter||1942||1958||STL-NYY||1942, 1946, 1956, 1958|
|15||Joe DiMaggio||1936||1951||NYY||1936, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1941, 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951|
|15||Yogi Berra||1947||1962||NYY||1947, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1958, 1961, 1962|
|15||Mike Timlin||1992||2007||TOR-BOS||1992, 1993, 2004, 2007|
|14||Stuffy McInnis||1911||1925||PHA-BOS-PIT||1911, 1913, 1918, 1925|
|14||Dolf Luque||1919||1933||CIN-NYG||1919, 1933|
|13||Frankie Frisch||1921||1934||NYG-STL||1921, 1922, 1931, 1934|
|13||Steve Carlton||1967||1980||STL-PHI||1967, 1980|
|13||Darryl Strawberry||1986||1999||NYM-NYY||1986, 1996, 1999|
|13||Derek Jeter||1996||2009||NYY||1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2009|
|13||Andy Pettitte||1996||2009||NYY||1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2009|
|1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2009
As we would expect, the list is quite Yankee-centric, half winning a title in pinstripes. Brady's Patriots hope to follow in the footsteps of Jeter's Yankees and snap a nine-year championship drought*.
* Tangent Alert: I grew up in New York loving the Yankees and disliking all Boston teams. So this may seem odd (and to the New England fans who are the other way around) but I've always thought there were similarities to the Patriots and Yankees dynasties. The origin stories are parallel, with the handsome young star at the center of a controversial play in the early rounds of their first title run (Jeter hitting the Jeffrey Maier-aided home run in the 1996 ALCS and Brady being saved from a game-ending fumble thanks to the Tuck Rule against the Raiders). Both players went on to help their teams slay the defending champions en route to becoming the face of both their franchise and their sport. Both teams hit their pinnacle in year three, with the Yankees winning 125 games including the postseason in 1998 and the Patriots starting a record 21-game winning streak during their 2003 Super Bowl run. And when the game was on the line, opponents knew they were doomed when their fate rested in the right hand of the indomitable Mariano, or on the right foot of a football closer of sorts, Vinatieri. With a handful of championship rings in the bag (four in five years for New York, three in four for the Pats), both hit a relative rough patch filled with early postseason exits. Jeter and Brady both had their postseason disappointments, but winning early in their careers made them Teflon. The team's biggest flops came at the hands of their rival city. The Yankees blew a 3-0 ALCS lead in 2004 to the miraculous eventual champion Red Sox. New York got a bit of revenge three years later when the Giants used an even bigger miracle, David Tyree's helmet catch, to spoil New England's perfect season. Nine years after their previous title (the horror!), the 35-year-old captain and his Yankees made one last push, knocking off the defending champion Phillies. Now it's the Patriots who have gone ten long years (an eternity, right Browns and Lions fans?) without hoisting the trophy. The 37-year-old Brady leads his team into a Super Bowl against the defending champions, the Seahawks...
OK, moving right along to hoops. There are six players that have played for the winning side in the NBA Finals 13 years apart, with one of the all-time greats joining the club this past June.
Most years between first and last NBA Finals series victories
|17||Kareem Abdul-Jabbar||1971||1988||MIL-LAL||1971, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988|
|15||Tim Duncan||1999||2014||SA||1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014|
|14||Sam Cassell||1994||2008||HOU-BOS||1994, 1995, 2008|
|13||John Havlicek||1963||1976||BOS||1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1968, 1969, 1974, 1976|
|13||A.C. Green||1987||2000||LAL||1987, 1988, 2000|
|13||Robert Horry||1994||2007||HOU-LAL-SA||1994, 1995, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007|
Now to the ice, where 19 players have lifted the Stanley Cup 13 or more years apart.
Most years between first and last Stanley Cup championships
Chris Chelios won his first Stanley Cup in 1986 with the Canadiens when I was not yet born. Chris Chelios won his last Stanley Cup in 2008 with the Red Wings 18 days after I graduated from the University of Rhode Island.