Originally written on Shutdown Corner  |  Last updated 11/4/14

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots looks on against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — It was one of the more bizarre resignations in NFL history, and perhaps even in sports. On Jan. 5, 2000, Bill Belichick resigned as head coach of the New York Jets less than 24 hours after accepting the position. The media was gathered for what was supposed to be his introduction to the position, but instead was Belichick's resignation from the job. Belichick was Bill Parcells' heir apparent, but with an ownership change and some franchise instability, Belichick eventually found Robert Kraft's overtures from Foxbodo to be more appealing. As he was ready to take the podium for what everyone thought would be a positive announcement, Belichick scribbled on a sheet of paper "I resign as HC of the NYJ," a moment in time that would make any English teacher want to "SMH." He took to the podium and talked about why he chose to not take the job, saying he wasn't feeling any support or sense of direction from the Jets. From that resignation letter, Belichick would then t...
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