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Belichick on Pepper: 'Made me better'

1/22/2014

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick issued the following statement today on the departure of assistant coach Pepper Johnson:

"I am proud and honored to have spent more years of my career with Pepper Johnson than any other player or coach. 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."