Bill Belichick praises former Patriots receiver Danny Amendola after retirement news
Danny Amendola is calling it an occupation.
Former New England Patriots wide receiver announced his retirement on Monday following more than 13 seasons playing in the NFL. As a undrafted Free agent with the Dallas Cowboys in 2008, there were opportunities for him for players from the St. Louis Rams, Patriots, Miami Dolphins, Detroit Lions, and Houston Texans — but will be remembered most by his time with Foxborough.
“I love Danny,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said during his press conference on Tuesday morning.
“He was a very good player for us. Had a lot of skill, mostly played inside but could play outside, could return, very smart, tough, dependable, great hands, concentration — just a good football player. Glad we had him here and he certainly was a big contributor for us.”
His longest stint was at New England, where he did well as a player in the slot and as a special-teamer. He threw more than 230 passes and 2,383 yards. Not to forget, a variety of crucial plays that led the Super Bowl victories against the Seattle Seahawks and Atlanta Falcons.
“Very dependable, very dependable. He was tough. He blocked. We’ve been very fortunate to have some good players at that position,” Belichick stated and referred to receivers such as Troy Brown, Wes Welker, Julian Edelman, and Jakobi Meyers.
“Guys that have played in that spot have been different, but they’ve all been productive and they’ve all brought some of the same common characteristics to the inside receiver position. It’s been a very productive spot for us through the years, through a lot of different types of plays, quarterbacks, play calls, defenses. We’ve been very, very fortunate with the players that we’ve had here, but Danny certainly ranks high in that group.”
Through 13 playoff games with the Patriots, Amendola had 57 receptions for seven09 yards and scored six touchdowns to get the title of “Playoff Danny.”
It’s not bad for a player who was a bit undersized and undrafted. He also bounced around between two practice squads prior to getting a new home with the Rams.
“It was better than I could have ever imagined,” Amendola stated, as reported by the ESPN’s Adam Schefter, who stated the 36-year-old is able to pursue other pursuits.
Amendola signed the contract for a contract with Ford Models in 2017, and in the year prior was mentioned on the cover of Architectural Digest for his passion for Interior Design and to show his distinctive Austin, Texas home.
He’s bound to be busy with other pursuits like these but it’s no surprise for him to follow the path that of Edelman and dip his toes into broadcasting sports.