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Mike Vrabel recalls trolling Bill Belichick by wearing a Giants helmet to practice

Mike Vrabel recalls trolling Bill Belichick by wearing a Giants helmet to practice

Bill Belichick has enjoyed tremendous success over his last 20 years as head coach of the New England Patriots, but he still likes to reflect on his days as linebackers coach and defensive coordinator of the New York Giants.

Belichick spent 1979-90 with the Giants and helped them to two Super Bowl titles (XXI and XXV) in that span. Those glory days have stuck with Belichick to this day, to the point where he often brings them up during Patriots practices.

Back in 2007, then-Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel showed up to practice wearing a Giants helmet to troll his head coach — and the Tennessee Titans head coach looked back on that hilarious moment in a conversation with NBC Sports Boston's "Camera Guys."

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"Every other day, it's not an exaggeration that [Belichick] would reference the New York Giants. And he'd be like, '[Carl] Banks used to do this, Pepper [Johnson] used to do this, and [Lawrence Taylor].' Like, 'You guys stink. These guys were 3-4 linebackers.' And he would show us film.

"So finally I was like, 'OK, we've got to do something.' And I found this old helmet in the equipment room, and I was like, 'You know what? I think now's the time to roll with it, come out there and be like, 'Here we go, Bill. We've got the Giants linebackers going."

Even Belichick had to crack a smile at that one.

It turns out Vrabel wasn't the only jokester on those Patriots teams, either. His fellow linebackers provided plenty of humor at practices.

"We didn't stretch," Vrabel said. "It was like me, Tedy [Bruschi], Larry [Izzo]. It was like the old guys from The Muppets. We didn't stretch, we just sat around in a circle and sat there and just told jokes for 12 minutes."

Vrabel also talked with The Camera Guys about the real reason he FaceTimed Tom Brady and Julian Edelman during the Syracuse-UNC game, his thoughts on Brady's "The Match" performance, and much more.

Check out the full interview from NBC Sports Boston's YouTube channel

Mike Vrabel takes friendly jab at Tom Brady's golf performance in 'The Match'

Mike Vrabel takes friendly jab at Tom Brady's golf performance in 'The Match'

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady had a rollercoaster ride during last month's charity golf event alongside Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning.

Brady started out awful, and he and Mickelson quickly fell behind Woods and Manning as a result. Making matters worse for Brady was he also split the backside of his pants, which was a little embarrassing.

He eventually replaced the pants, but more importantly, his game started to improve toward the end of the front nine.

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The former New England Patriots quarterback hit the best shot of the 'The Match' when he holed out for birdie from 100-plus yards out on hole No. 7. The shot served as a catalyst for Brady as his team nearly pulled off a late comeback before ultimately losing to Woods and Manning.

Tennessee Titans head coach and former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel recently joined NBC Sports Boston's "The Camera Guys" for a fun interview, and he couldn't resist joking about Brady's wild day on the golf course.

"Right now after watching Tom golf, I wish we were best friends. I wish we golfed every day, for a lot of money, after watching that debacle," Vrabel said with a smile on his face.  

And what about Brady's pants mishap?

"He was so in shock that he actualy hit a good shot that he (expletive) his pants and his pants burst," Vrabel said. "He was so nervous to start."

Vrabel did have some praise for Brady's golf game, too.

"But he is a good player," Vrabel admitted. "Last year I played in his Lake Tahoe event and you had to putt out everything. You're sitting there, and you're putting a 2-foot putt, and you're like, 'Are you kidding me? This is nuts.'"

Brady and Vrabel were two of the most competitive players when they played for the Patriots, and watching them golf together — along with the inevitable trash talk — would no doubt be entertaining.

Check out the full interview below:

Mike Vrabel sheds light on FaceTime call with Tom Brady and Julian Edelman

Mike Vrabel sheds light on FaceTime call with Tom Brady and Julian Edelman

Perhaps the peak of Tom Brady-mania this NFL offseason was when the ex-New England Patriots quarterback attended a Syracuse basketball game with Julian Edelman and Jimmy Fallon in March.

Edelman fueled speculation about Brady returning to the Patriots when he said, "He's coming back!" in front of the camera for the world to see.

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Then there was talk about Brady heading to the Tennessee Titans when he and Edelman were caught FaceTiming with Titans head coach and former Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel.

Of course, neither of those theories turned out to be true. It turned out that it was just Vrabel chatting with two of his good friends, and Brady eventually signed a two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Vrabel recently caught up with NBC Sports Boston's "Camera Guys" and shed some light on what his conversation with Brady and Edelman consisted of.

"Well I was at the combine, and we get CBS on TV," said Vrabel. "We're watching the combine, watching the guys work out. I look up there, and they're showing Tom and Julian. So I texted them real quick. I said, 'Hey, did you guys get highlights for the basketball game?' Because it looked like their hair was like blonde.

So then of course they immediately are mad and so they want to like, yell at me because I texted them something funny. So they FaceTimed me and we're sitting there laughing and talking. Jules is sitting there yelling into the phone as loud as he possibly can, and that's how it all went down. Just like it would any other time. Just laughing and joking.

So there you have it. It was just some friendly banter between good friends and former teammates, plus a roasting of Brady and Edelman's hair.

We may never know just how close — if at all -- Brady was to becoming a Tennessee Titan. But it sounds like the infamous FaceTime call had nothing to do with football, and everything to do with guys just being guys.

Vrabel also talked with The Camera Guys about the time he trolled Bill Belichick by wearing a Giants helmet to practice, his thoughts on Brady's "The Match" performance, and much more.

Check out the full interview below: