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He’s the stoic shadowy figure lurking the New England sidelines in an old worn down, ripped hoodie. He’s the mastermind behind the most dominant franchise in the new millennium.
He never minces his words and never reveals more than what he deems necessary. He’s one of the most polarizing figures in sports today. Love him or hate him, you must respect him and his accomplishments in the game of football.
He is none other than New England Patriots’ head coach Bill Belichick.
The masterful mind manning the headset and dissecting opposing game plans for the Patriots has developed quite a legacy here in New England. That much cannot be questioned. Over his 11 seasons in Foxborough, Belichick has won three NFL Coach of the Year awards, three Super Bowls, and lead the Patriots to the only perfect 16-0 regular season in league history.
In that time we’ve come to know Bill as a man who tight-lipped and he translates that mentality to his players and staff. You would be hard pressed to find Bill saying something he didn’t definitely want to say. There’s plenty about Bill that anyone outside of the locker room hasn’t seen or heard of.
All of that is about to change.
NFL Films has announced that they will be airing a documentary on one of the NFL’s most decorated coaches in history. In the two-part account called “Bill Belichick: A Football Life,” fans will be treated to an inside look at Belichick who was the first person ever to be mic’d up for an entire season. In 2009 “the hoodie” wore a mic all day every day to give a more intimate look at what life is like as big bad Bill. It is set to air on Sept. 15 at 9 p.m., and the second part will air Sept. 22 at 10 p.m.
Click Here for a sneak peak on NFL.com
Here’s a portion of the press release that was sent out on Monday:
Belichick is the first subject of a new series by the Emmy Award-winning producers at NFL Films, offering untold stories into the lives of some the NFL’s most recognizable icons. Each documentary provides unprecedented access to each featured individual to tell the story of how their legacy is forever intertwined in the fabric of NFL history.
“Bill Belichick doesn’t only make history — he studies it; he understands his place in it; and he appreciates our desire to capture it,” said NFL Films president Steve Sabol. “Like Vince Lombardi’s Packers in 1967, Belichick and the Patriots gave us access to his football life and what we created is a portrait of the coach, the father, the taskmaster — and most importantly — the man.”
In the 2009 season, which marked Belichick’s 35th consecutive year in the NFL and the Patriots’ 50th Anniversary season, NFL Films documented sides of the three-time Super Bowl-winning head coach few have ever seen. While his unmatched record as a head coach makes him no stranger to the NFL record books, Belichick made history in the production of A Football Life by becoming the only coach to ever be wired for sound for an entire NFL season.
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