The Patriots brought goats to practice to celebrate Tom Brady's 40th birthday

Bill Belichick is known for his stern looks, cold answers, and cut sleeves, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that he met a reporter's question about Tom Brady's 40th birthday with little fanfare.

But as it turns out, the Patriots did plan a small party to celebrate Brady's 40th — and invited five baby goats to practice on Thursday. Not surprisingly, fans were delighted.

For any casual fans that might be confused as to why goats are appropriate for the occasion, Tom Brady is the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) in the hearts of many football fans, and the Pats brought out one goat for each of Brady's five Super Bowl victories.


The Patriots open the 2017 season at home against the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday, September 7th.

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FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 03: The GOAT sign during Patriots training camp on August 3, 2017, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 03: The greatest goats of all time during Patriots training camp on August 3, 2017, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 03: Goats on hand for the birthday of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) during Patriots training camp on August 3, 2017, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 03: New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) signs autographs on his 40th birthday during Patriots training camp on August 3, 2017, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 03: A fan with a sign for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) on his 40th birthday during Patriots training camp on August 3, 2017, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 03: Fans with signs to celebrate the 40th birthday of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) during Patriots training camp on August 3, 2017, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 3: New England Patriots Tom Brady, on his 40th birthday, waves to the family and friends section of the Gillette Stadium practice field during training camp in Foxborough, Mass., Aug. 3, 2017. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 03: A young fan with a message for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (12) on his 40th birthday during Patriots training camp on August 3, 2017, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - AUGUST 03: A fan with a birthday sign on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady's (12) 40th birthday during Patriots training camp on August 3, 2017, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 3: People pet Ringo the goat during a celebration of Tom Brady's 40th birthday at Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston, Aug. 3, 2017. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - AUGUST 3: Lily Cummins, of Ipswich, Mass., pets Ringo the goat during a celebration of Tom Brady's 40th birthday at Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston, Aug. 3, 2017. (Photo by David L. Ryan/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)
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