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Bill Belichick: I’m not thinking about retirement

02.03.12 at 10:38 am ET
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Bill Belichick said Friday that he's not thinking about retirement. (AP)

INDIANAPOLIS — Patriots coach Bill Belichick said Friday morning that even if New England wins on Sunday, he’s not thinking about retirement.

Responding to a question about whether or not a win on Sunday would make him decide that it would be an appropriate time to call it a career, Belichick, who has been head coach of the Patriots since 2000, said he’s enjoying things too much to ride off into the sunset.

“I enjoy all the aspects of the job,” said Belichick, who will turn 60 in April. “I enjoy the team-building, the drafting, the free agents, team acquisitions — those kind of things. I enjoy bringing in the young players and working with guys who haven’t been in the NFL and teaching them the basic fundamentals in how to become a professional football player for the New England Patriots.

“And I enjoy working with the veteran players, the Tom Brady‘s and the Vince Wilfork‘s and the Wes Welker‘s and all those kind of players that can do really special things because of their not only talent, but experience. And I enjoy the competition on a weekly basis. Not just on Sundays, but the preparation leading up into the game. So I enjoy all of it. It beats working.”

Several Super Bowl-winning coaches have decided to walk away after winning it all. Belichick’s pal Jimmy Johnson did it with the Cowboys, and Bill Parcells did the same thing with the Giants (although both would eventually return to coaching with different teams). In addition, Bill Walsh, Vince Lombardi and Dick Vermeil also retired after winning Super Bowls.

But that doesn’t sound like the case with Belichick, who could win his fourth ring as a head coach on Sunday and sixth overall.

“Right now, I’m really thinking about, ‘What’s the best thing I can do to help our football team on Sunday against the Giants?’ I want to really try to do a good job in the job that I have,” Belichick said.

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