Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 8/2/12

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)

Forget spygate. Forget asterisks. Forget all the snarky, condescending remarks at the podium. Not only does Hall of Fame receiver Michael Irvin feel as though Bill Belichick is one of the most accomplished head coaches in NFL history, he thinks the NFL should eventually give him one of the most significant honors a coach could receive.

“I think the world of Belichick,” Irvin told the Boston Herald recently. “I told him this, ‘Man, if it was up to me, that (Super Bowl) trophy would be called the Lombardi/Belichick.’ I don’t care what they think. It would be called the Lombardi/Belichick. That’s how good he is to do what he’s doing in this day and age, what the league is now.

“I would call it the Lombardi/Belichick.”

Belichick is the only coach to win three Super Bowls in four years. His 139-53 regular-season record and 16-6 postseason record speak volumes to what he has been able to accomplish since taking over in New England at the turn of the century. By the numbers, Belichick is easily one of the greatest NFL coaches of all time.

That being said, there will always be the spygate issue. Vince Lombardi’s name was not attached to the Super Bowl trophy until he had passed away. Perhaps after Belichick passes, the scandal will be completely forgotten and people will simply look at what he was able to accomplish during his coaching career.

And in the rare event that it happens, we can then begin our discussion on how ridiculous the name “Lombardi/Belichick Trophy” would sound.

Photo credit: Photo credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

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