Bill Belichick had no interest in holding the AFC Championship trophy after beating the Jaguars

  • The New England Patriots beat the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC Championship on Sunday to earn their spot in Super Bowl LII.
  • After the win, head coach Bill Belichick took to the stage to accept the Lamar Hunt Trophy, which he immediately dismissed.
  • It wasn't the first time Belichick has shown disinterest in the award.


The New England Patriots played in their seventh consecutive AFC Championship on Sunday, erasing a 10-point fourth quarter deficit to the Jacksonville Jaguars to punch their ticket to the Super Bowl.

After the game, Bill Belichick and the Patriots took to the center of the field to accept the Lamar Hunt Trophy, awarded to the AFC Champion every year. For most teams, accepting the award would be something of an honor — a way to commemorate a successful season before hitting practice hard for two more weeks in an effort to win the Super Bowl.

But judging by Belichick's reaction to the award, the trophy means little, if anything to the Patriots.

 

 

This isn't the first time Belichick has shown his contempt for the Lamar Hunt Trophy. Just last year, he showed a similar disdain for the award, although he did hold onto it for a bit longer than in the clip above.

 

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Jan 21, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft (left) hugs head coach Bill Belichick(right) after the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 21: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots celebrates with head coach Bill Belichick after winning the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium on January 21, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 21: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots celebrates with his girlfriend Linda Holliday after winning the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium on January 21, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 21: Tom Brady #12, Danny Amendola #80, and head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots celebrate with the Lamar Hunt trophy as they are interviewed by Jim Nantz after the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium on January 21, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 21: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots celebrates with his girlfriend Linda Holliday after winning the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium on January 21, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
FOXBOROUGH, MA - JANUARY 21: Head coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft of the New England Patriots are interviewed by Jim Nantz after the AFC Championship Game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Gillette Stadium on January 21, 2018 in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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It's not all that surprising that Belichick might be less than enthused by another AFC Championship. This is his and Brady's eighth trip to the Super Bowl since 2001, and from his perspective, a statue celebrating your AFC Championship may be nothing more than a Super Bowl participation trophy.

 

 

Belichick and the Patriots will have the chance to play for the Lombardi Trophy on February 4, when they take on the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis. Should the Patriots prevail, you can bet that Belichick will hold that trophy with a bit more pride than he showed on Sunday.

 

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