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Like millions of Americans, David Andrews was transfixed by ESPN's "The Last Dance," its documentary series on Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.

Like very few Americans, the New England Patriots center actually can empathize with what Jordan and the 1990s Bulls went through.

Andrews has been with New England for two of its six Super Bowl championships, so he knows how hard it is to not only win a title but come back the next year and sustain that success.

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So, when Jordan admitted in "The Last Dance" that one of his primary emotions after winning a championship was relief, it struck a chord with Andrews.

"After championships, it's tough. Like, it's so draining," Andrews said in a recent chat with NBC Sports Boston's "The Camera Guys."

"They talked about the relief part of it -- (Jordan) was like, 'It was kind of like a sigh of relief' -- and I think that win, lose or draw, there's a sigh of relief at the end of the season, because you've been in it (and) you're coming up for fresh air a little bit."

Jordan's Bulls won three straight championships on two separate occasions, a remarkable accomplishment considering the Patriots only repeated as champs once (2003 and 2004) under Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.

New England had already won four Super Bowl titles when Andrews arrived in 2015, though, and he now sees a parallel between Jordan's Bulls and the Patriots team he joined as a rookie.

 

"You see just the leadership qualities that (Jordan) had and the drive that he had," Andrews said. "Being a part of the Patriots and such a great franchise, that's something you learn coming in very quickly.

"As a younger player watching older players, guys like (Devin) McCourty, Julian (Edelman), Matthew Slater -- or for me, (offensive linemen) Nate Solder (and) Sebastian Vollmer -- watching those guys go day-in and day-out, how they competed, how they attacked it and their process, it really shows you why the teams like that have success."

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Andrews obviously saw shades of Jordan in Brady, too, especially after Jordan delivered a line in "The Last Dance" defending his tough love of teammate Scotty Burrell.

"I think Mike even talked about it: 'When the pressure's on, when it's tough out there, do I know I can count on you?' " Andrews said. 

"I think that's something I've noticed a lot of our great leaders do. It's not just them, but you building that trust in them and knowing that I'm not going to snap the ball wrong or whatever it may be.' "

The Patriots no longer have their "Jordan" after Brady signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in free agency. But Andrews is set to return in 2020 after missing the 2019 season due to blood clots and hopes to continue New England's tradition of success.

Check out Andrews' full chat with "The Camera Guys" on YouTube below: