Brenden Schooler on Bill Belichick’s viral snob: ‘I was a little too excited’

Brenden Schooler can’t help but laugh at himself for his viral moment with Bill Belichick in Sunday’s win over the Cleveland Browns.

The New England Patriots rookie special team recovered a missed punt and tried to give the ball to his head coach. The look on Belichick’s face said it all as he hilariously refused Schooler’s gesture.

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Predictably, the awkward exchange quickly became an internet meme. Schooler shared his side of the story after the Pats’ 38-15 win.

“I was just trying to — obviously it was a big game for him to come back to Cleveland,” Schooler said, by NESN.com. “So, just a nice gesture: ‘Here’s the match ball.’ But I think I was a little too excited and should have waited later.

Schooler’s thought process was understandable as it was a big day for Belichick. The victory marked the 324th of his legendary career as head coach, tying him with George Halas for second all-time. The fact that he accomplished the feat against the Browns, who fired him in 1996, was the icing on the cake.

Schooler was asked if Belichick tying Halas factored into his decision to present the ball to him.

“I think it’s a bit of everything,” Schooler said. “And it’s just like, you know, obviously you want to win mostly on the road. It’s a big road win for us. It just happened to be in Cleveland this week. So just trying to, you know, knowing the situation. But I think I should have waited a few minutes before I gave it to him.

Despite Belichick’s snub, Schooler certainly pleased his head coach with his second missed punt replay of the season.

The Patriots will be looking to earn their third straight win next week when they host the Chicago Bears for a Monday Night Football showdown.

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