FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Bill Belichick ended his news conference Wednesday on a humorous note.
After having earlier noted that Cowboys linebacker Sean Lee had visited him as a kid when Belichick was Browns head coach (1991-95) -- a recollection that led to a smile ("I remember him when he was just a little guy") -- Belichick was asked a follow-up question to cap off his news conference.
When ESPN.com's Patriots reporter (hand raised!) said, "Did I hear you right that you said Sean Lee had visited you in Cleveland, or did I miss that? What was the connection?"
Belichick seized the opportunity and said, "What were you, on SnapFace there or whatever you're talking about?"
That reference to social media -- is it Snapchat or Facebook? -- drew laughter from reporters on hand.
Belichick might have noticed this reporter having his head in his phone a bit too often during the news conference, which lasted about 20 minutes.
No doubt, a little head coach/reporter ribbing keeps things light and ultimately, the normally serious Belichick explained the connection.
"He's a Pittsburgh guy, a friend of a friend-type thing, he came out to practices a couple of times," Belichick said, fondly recalling the days when Lee would have been anywhere between 5 and 9 years old. "He wasn't the star that he is now."
Belichick had earlier called Lee one of the most instinctive linebackers in the NFL.