The New England Patriots’ Bill Belichick is one of the greatest football coaches in American history. He’s also one of lacrosse’s biggest fans.
From growing up in Annapolis, Md., to playing the game at Phillips Andover Academy and Wesleyan University in Connecticut, to his pro football coaching stops in New York, Cleveland and New England, the future Hall of Fame football coach has had a lacrosse stick by his side.
In the newest episode of Lacrosse Magazine’s “Overtime with Paul Carcaterra” — a US Lacrosse production — learn more about Belichick’s passion for the game, how he is giving back through the Bill Belichick Foundation, and see a side of the coach that you rarely ever witness in a press conference or public setting.
In an interview conducted in Foxborough, Mass., the week before April’s NFL Draft, Belichick sits down, plays catch and walks the Gillette Stadium halls with Carcaterra, the ESPN analyst and former Syracuse All-American midfielder.
Belichick opens up about the impact lacrosse has had on him and his family, takes you inside his thoughts when he is watching a game (“I like watching off-ball movement,” he says, among other things) and much more.
Would he ever coach a lacrosse team? And Tom Brady, a goalie? Belichick’s answer to that question (“Put him in goal. He can’t dodge; he can’t run.”) helped the piece get picked up by nearly every national sports media outlet in the country, which provided great, positive exposure for the game of lacrosse.
Special thanks Bill Belichick Foundation, ESPN, New England Patriots, Fields of Growth, Wesleyan University and College of the Holy Cross. Produced by Corey McLaughlin. Shot by Mike Wallin and Taylor Pelletier and edited by Mike Wallin.
Reaction and links
“Of all the interviews I have ever watched Bill Belichick give, this was by far the most open and forthcoming and warm — dare I say, heartwarming — that I ever heard and watched,” — Skip Bayless, ESPN First Take co-host
“The video is a home run.” — ESPN.com
The piece also was picked up by: NFL.com | Yahoo! Sports | ProFootballTalk-NBC Sports | Boston Globe | USA Today’s For the Win! | Fox Sports | Patriots.com | Barstool Sports | Sports Illustrated’s The MMQB