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Bill Belichick congratulates ‘tough Croatian’ Rob Ninkovich on tremendous career

One of the things Bill Belichick loved about Rob Ninkovich was his toughness.

After Ninkovich announced his retirement from the NFL on Sunday, both Belichick and Patriots owner Robert Kraft lauded the 33-year-old linebacker for an 11-year career that saw him win a pair of Super Bowls with the Patriots.

“Rob is one of the most unselfish players I’ve ever coached,” Belichick said Sunday. “Like a lot of guys, he came in here very unheralded; [Tom] Brady, Malcolm Butler, guys like that and the guy he replaced, No. 50 Mike Vrabel. [He] didn’t come in with a lot of fanfare but just came in and worked hard and became a very, very versatile player for us.”

“There’s something to be said about going out on top,” Ninkovich said Sunday. “I was honest with myself. You have to be honest with yourself. I feel like athletes sometimes get away from that because they don’t want to believe what they’re telling themselves, but I knew that my time was probably close.

“I love it here, and I’m going to miss it.”

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