If the Brady – Belichick relationship is over, Colin Cowherd explains why you should marvel at it

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Reacting to report citing growing tensions in Foxborough, Colin Cowherd unveils the significance of the Tom Brady - Bill Belichick era on the New England Patriots and why we should marvel it.

- The shock in all this is that it has lasted this long. Shaq and Kobe lasted eight years. OK. Jimmy and Jerry lasted five years. The Beatles lasted eight years. This was 18 years of excellence.

In fact, according to this story, here's a quote. "Those who know Belichick and Brady well are amazed they've co-existed this long. Two ruthless and proud self-made men, both secure, though still unfinished, in their legacies. Both loved and hated. Both having received stiff penalties for cheating. Both motivated by ego, humility, and as much as anything, doubt. Belichick is famously secretive. And Brady is famously unhelpful toward his backups."

Listen, if Brady and Belichick ends today, we should marvel at it. LeBron in Miami went to the finals every year. They wore each other out by year four. I've always said, like when you look at U2 the band, U2 the band's lasted almost 40 years. Bono, the Edge. That is amazing.

Because alpha males in the end always-- here's two things to remember. Alpha males always want credit. Now, as they're making their money, and they're making things happen, they'll work together. But when alpha males, Shaq and Kobe-- once you've got the titles, once you go into the mogul stage, you start worrying about legacy.

You see this all the time with bands. The Police are great. Then Sting, Sting says, OK, I want to prove I'm the man. Sting leaves The Police.

And then there's Justin Timberlake. He's part of NSYNC, right? And all of a sudden, OK, I've proved I'm great. Now I want to prove I'm the man. You saw John Lennon with the Beatles. I want to prove I'm the genius.

So when a guy doesn't leave-- Adam Levine, Maroon 5. He doesn't. He stays with his group. But what does he do to prove he's the man? He goes to The Voice, the TV show, to prove I can see talent. I am Maroon 5.

What makes men super successful in many instances is an uncommon drive. That's why they're not common. And in the process of being great, there's several stages. There's the LeBron, I'm going to show you I'm great. There's the, I'm going to accumulate titles. And then you kind of move into the legacy and mogul stage.

And Brady and Belichick are both now in that final stage. And they both want credit. And Belichick wanted to prove, I can win with Garoppolo and Brady. And Bob Kraft said no.

The other thing why I marvel at this relationship-- and I'm not shocked that it ended poorly. Because men have always been great with pickup lines and bad at breaking up. Men start wars. All our presidents, Senate, Congress, Pentagon. We start them. They're always hard to get out of. Clunky misguided, controversial.

Men hunt. The process, the game, the chase. They're great starting stuff. Starting companies, starting relationships, pick up lines, getting us into-- guys generally struggle getting out of stuff.

And never forget that Tom Brady not only watched what the Packers did to Favre and what the Colts did to Peyton, Tom Brady grew up in San Francisco. Joe Montana was his idol. He saw what the Niners did to Joe Montana. He saw what they did to one of his close friends and rivals, Peyton Manning. He saw what they did to the most popular player in the league, Brett Favre.

Listen, this article paints Brady as petty and small. But Tom-- the reason Tom is uncommon is because of that drive and passion. And if you watched your idol get burned and thrown away, and you watched your rival, Peyton, get thrown away, and you watched an American icon, Favre, get thrown away, and you're a Bay Area kid like Tommy, of course Tom was like, get Garoppolo out of here. And that's what the story said.

Now, it paints Brady as petty. But by the way, Kobe said the same thing to the Lakers. Get Shaq out of here. There's stages of stardom. There is the, hey, look at me. I'm talented. There's the accumulate titles. And then you move into that mogul legacy stage. And that's where the problems always arise.

Credit. This is what blew up the Lakers for years and years. Jerry West was getting too much credit. Phil Jackson was getting too much credit. The Buss family didn't like it, that Phil Jackson was called the zen master. And the Buss family got rid of Phil Jackson. And then Phil couldn't work with Jerry, because Jerry, and Phil, and the Buss family, and Kobe, and Shaq, they were all grabbing for credit.

Now, during their process to get rings, and when they were all getting rich and becoming famous, it was good. It's always good for guys. The band starts. The band-- oh, the critics like the band. The band gets gold records. The band gets rich. But as you move into the end stage, Shaq and Kobe had their titles. MJ and Pippin had their titles. Jimmy and Jerry in Dallas had their titles and wealth.

Now it's the credit stage, the legacy stage. And this thing lasted 18 years. That's incredible. I mean, you do realize the Beatles lasted eight. I mean, you think the Beatles were this 30 year-- the Beatles lasted eight, nine years.

Marino and Shula. Brady and Belichick. Bradshaw, Noll. Big Ben, Tomlin. Brees, Peyton. Look how far Brady and Belichick are ahead in wins. They've got double the wins of Brees and Peyton. Double the wins of Ben and Tomlin. I mean, this thing's lasted forever. It was inevitable, as they moved into the legacy stage, there'd be a power struggle.