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Former Patriots DL Akiem Hicks shares story of Bill Belichick shutting down celebration

Ryan Hannable
October 17, 2018 - 2:30 pm

FOXBORO -- Defensive lineman Akiem Hicks was traded to the Patriots early in the 2015 season from the Saints, and had a solid year with his new team.

Hicks finished the year in New England with 21 tackles and three sacks in 13 games. He was one of the better Patriots defensive lineman, but was not re-signed as he inked a two-year deal with the Bears worth $10 million.

The 29-year-old his turned into a big part of the Bears defense along with Khalil Mack.

Speaking on a conference call with the New England media, Hicks was appreciative of his time in New England and shared a story of Bill Belichick putting him in his place.

"When I first got there and I was getting some of my first in-game action, I had made a play, I had like gestured toward the crowd. It was something of a semi-celebration," Hicks said. "And I got back to the sideline and it was like 'We don't do that here.' And I was like 'Oh [expletive].' I guess no celebrations after big plays."

The no celebrations line was meant as an individual -- team celebrations are fine.

"Loved it, man, absolutely loved it," Hicks said of his time in New England. "Loved how the organization ran, great coaching, nothing but phenomenal things to say about that organization as a whole, from the top down."

In five games this season, Hicks has 18 tackles and three sacks.

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