Tomorrow at 9:00 PM ET, part I of Bill Belichick: A Football Life premieres exclusively on NFL Network. Belichick is the first subject of a new series, A Football Life, 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.
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. In 2009, which marked Belichick’s 35th consecutive year in the NFL and the Patriots’ 50th Anniversary season, NFL Films was granted unprecedented access into the life of the New England coach, with the support of Robert and Jonathan Kraft and the entire Patriots organization.
Part II of Bill Belichick: A Football Life is on NFL Network Thursday, September 22 at 10:00 PM ET.
To view the trailer for Bill Belichick: A Football Life, please click on the following link:
The following are selected quotes from part I of the documentary:
“You want to know something? Bill, he’s really relaxed, which makes me happy. Which tells me he thinks we’ve accomplished something in camp.” – Patriots owner Robert Kraft, to Jon Bon Jovi at Patriots training camp in 2009
“There was a good mutual respect there, and he was the boss. So sometimes I would tell him, ‘Bill, this is what I think we should do,’ and sometimes he would be okay with it, like ‘yeah, that’s great.’ Other times he’d be…well…” – Belichick, reflecting back on his relationship with former Giants head coach Bill Parcells during his tenure as an assistant with the Giants.
“I probably wouldn’t have thought it would turn out like this. That I’d be standing here like this. I was just trying to establish my coaching career, be a good coach.” – Belichick, reflecting back on his time with the Giants during his last visit to Giants Stadium
“[Dominique] Foxworth…I think he’s fairly instinctive. And Ed…I think we know about Ed. Everything he does, he does it at an exceptional level.” – Belichick on Ravens safety Ed Reed, to quarterback Tom Brady as they game plan in Belchick’s office prior to the Patriots Week 4 game vs. Baltimore
Airing Thursdays at 10:00 PM ET this fall, upcoming episodes of A Football Life feature late Philadelphia Eagles teammates and legends Reggie White and Jerome Brown; the incomparable Walter Payton and the storybook saga of Kurt Warner.
NFL Films producer Ken Rodgers, who spent the majority of the 2009 season with Belichick during the production process, writes about the experience and his 10 year relationship with the Patriots here: