Belichick, Bill

Belichick, Bill

(William Stephen Belichick), 1952–, American professional football coach, b. Nashville, Tenn. The son of a college coach, he played football at Wesleyan Univ. He held various coaching positions in the National Football League before joining (1979) the New York Giants and becoming (1985) Bill ParcellsParcells, Bill,
1941–, American football coach, b. Englewood, N.J., as Duane Charles Parcells, nicknamed "the Big Tuna." He played for Colgate and Wichita State before being drafted (1964) and cut by the Detroit Lions.
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' defensive coordinator. Subsequently, Belichick was head coach of the Cleveland Browns (1991–94) and assistant head coach of the New England Patriots (1996) and New York Jets (1997–99). Appointed to lead the Patriots in 2000, he guided, in partnership with quarterback Tom BradyBrady, Tom
(Thomas Edward Patrick Brady, Jr.), 1977–, American football player, b. San Mateo, Calif. He attended the Univ. of Michigan (1995–99), where he was co-starting quarterback (1998–99) and led the team to win the 1999 Orange Bowl.
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, the team to championships in 2001, 2003, and 2004 seasons, becoming the first NFL head coach to win three Super Bowls in four years. The Patriots finished the 2007 season undefeated but lost the Super Bowl to the New York Giants, who also denied them the Super Bowl after the 2011 season. Belichick tied and then broke Chuck NollNoll, Chuck
(Charles Henry Noll), 1932–2014, American professional football coach, b. Cleveland, B.S. Univ. of Dayton, 1953. A guard and linebacker in college and with the Cleveland Browns (1953–59), he was a defensive coach with the AFL's San Diego (initially Los
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's record for most Super Bowls won as a coach when the Patriots, again quarterbacked by Brady, were the 2014 and 2016 season champions. The Belichick-Brady Patriots have compiled the winningest record in the Super Bowl era.

Bibliography

See D. Halberstam, The Education of a Coach (2005).

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For Bill Belichick, Bill Parcells and Tony Dungy, who in recent weeks have lost a father, a brother and a son: Comfort.