Before The Hoodie: How Bill Belichick Became Known to The World

Bill Belichick is probably the most famous head coach in the history of the National Football League. He has been the head coach of the New England Patriots since 2000.

What makes Belichick stand out is his extensive authority over the Patriots’ football operations, effectively making him the general manager of the team as well. Belichick’s resume includes numerous coaching records, including winning a record five Super Bowls as a head coach.

However, Belichick didn’t start his dynasty in 2000 with the Patriots. He first began coaching in 1975, and by 1985, he was the defensive coordinator for New York Giants head coach Bill Parcells. He and the Giants won two Super Bowls together before Belichick moved to the Cleveland Browns in 1991. Belichick will spend the next five years in Cleveland, but then re-joined Parcells. The two led the New England to a Super Bowl appearance and then went on to lead the New York Jets.  

In early 2000, Belichick accepted the head coaching job for the New England Patriots. In the following years, he led the Patriots to 16 AFC East division titles, 12 appearances in the AFC Championship Game, and eight Super Bowl appearances. He won the AP NFL Coach of the Year award for the 2003, 2007, and 2010 seasons. Belichick and his team have appeared in eight Super Bowls and won five of them.

Belichick has received complement from many important people in the football world. Bob Glauber said this about him:

“I’ve never seen a football coach as technically proficient and imaginative as Belichick.”

On the other hand, Tony Grossi said:

“I mean, he would go into a garbage can in the opposing coaches’ locker room; he would do anything to gain an advantage.” 

This weekend, the Patriots will play in the AFC Championship game. If they win this game, they will advance to the Super Bowl. Another Super Bowl appearance is exactly what the Patriots want. We really hope they pull out a win this Sunday.