Chung talks difficulty of telling Belichick he was retiring
Co-Owner and CEO Alex Magleby and co-owner Patrick Chung, formerly of the New England Patriots, pose for a photo on the pitch at Union Point Stadium during halftime of the inaugural game of the New England Freejacks. Robin Chan/Wicked Local Staff Photo via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Patrick Chung talks difficulty of telling Bill Belichick he was retiring

Newly retired New England Patriots safety Patrick Chung knew this past spring it was time to hang up his cleats. That didn't make relaying that decision to hooded head coach Bill Belichick any easier.

"That was probably the hardest conversation I've had in a while," Chung said via ESPN's Mike Reiss. "I respect him. He respects me. It's more than player to coach with me and Bill. I felt like I was letting him down, but it was something I had to do for my family and me."

The veteran safety announced his retirement back in March, capping off an 11-year NFL career in which he was part of three Super Bowl-winning Patriots teams. Chung initially planned to play in 2021 after opting out of last season but ultimately decided this spring it was time to move on.

Chung said he is staying in contact with many of his former teammates and shared a touching story of how second-year safety Kyle Dugger called to ask if he could wear Chung's former jersey number.

"That's huge respect," Chung said. "A lot of people don't have to ask. If it's open, take it. For him to call and ask, when he didn't have to, I appreciated that." 

Chelena Goldman grew up on a street where the boys played street hockey and yelling at baseball and football over the radio was a standard -- making life as a sports geek the perfect fit. She believes in dominance on the blue line, good red wine, and the theory that you can never be too overdressed for any occasion. You can find her gabbing away on Twitter at @ChelenaGoldman.

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