Bill Belichick admitted it was one of the toughest coaching decisions he'd ever had to make. Less than a week before the start of the 2003 season, his New England Patriots released Pro Bowl safety and team captain Lawyer Milloy. It was the kind of move that might ruin most teams. But the Patriots weren't like most teams.
Plus, New England had a capable replacement at safety in Rodney Harrison. Despite his newcomer status, Harrison won over teammates with his aggressive play, and was voted a defensive captain after only a few games. With Harrison patrolling the secondary, and linebackers Tedy Bruschi and Willie McGinest up front, the Patriots defense allowed the fewest points in the league that season.
Yet even with all that defensive firepower, this was still Tom Brady's team. The New England quarterback, just 26 at the time, went on to win his second Super Bowl MVP award in three years by out-gunning the Carolina Panthers, 32-29.
Join NFL Films as they retell the story of the '03 Patriots, a club well on their way to becoming a dynasty. America's Game uses exclusive interviews from Harrison, McGinest and Mike Vrabel to recount this championship season.