Bill Belichick delivered the commencement address at his son’s high school Suffield Academy on Friday, and stressed succeeding within a group structure.
“There’s no ‘I’ in team, but there is an ‘I’ in win. That stands for individual achievement. You need to do your job, because without it, there’s no leadership,” Belichick said via MassLive.com. “The greatest leaders I’ve coached just go out there and do their job with a good attitude.”
Belichick pointed out something to the graduates we hadn’t realized: No championship team in the last decade in the four major sports had the league M.V.P. from that year on the roster.
The Patriots are one big reason why. Tom Brady has won two league MVP awards, but suffered perhaps the two most painful losses of the Belichick era after winning them. (The Giants in the Super Bowl and the Jets last year.)
Belichick’s last message was simple and strong.
“Your mission in life is to love life,” Belichick said. “Chase the dreams you have, not somebody else’s.”
We’d add that it doesn’t hurt to make those dreams attainable. My dream was to find a job where I could write about football without putting pants on in the morning.
UPDATE: Belichick’s facts were slightly off. There have been no title winning MVPs since 2004. Joe Sakic (’01), Tim Duncan (’03), and Martin St. Louis (’04) all pulled off the trick.