On September 15, a new two-part series focusing on Patriots coach Bill Belchick will debut on NFL Network.
And here’s the kicker. For Bill Belichick: A Football Life, the ultra-secretive Patriots coach was wired for sound for an entire season — 2009 — by NFL Films. He’s the first person ever to constantly be equipped with a microphone for the full football campaign.
“Bill Belichick doesn’t only make history — he studies it; he understands his place in it; and he appreciates our desire to capture it,” NFL Films President Steve Sabol said in a news release. “Like Vince Lombardi’s Packers in 1967, Belichick and the Patriots gave us access to his football life and what we created is a portrait of the coach, the father, the taskmaster — and most importantly — the man.”
The show could go a long way toward helping people understand one of the most misunderstood men in football. Though partly deserved based on his flat, guarded demeanor, often talking like a teenager who is self-conscious about the braces on his teeth, Belichick privately is regarded as being friendly, warm, and at times very funny.
“It is beyond measure what NFL Films has done to promote football, preserve its history and entertain generations of us who love the game,” Belichick said. “When the legendary coach of the NFL Films team, Steve Sabol, approached us about capturing our 50th anniversary season in 2009, it was an honor to participate.”
It’s odd that Belichick would agree to do it, given that it’s widely assumed that he’d never allow the NFL Films cameras and microphones into training camp for the popular Hard Knocks series on HBO. (Maybe, if NFL Films’ new look at him is well received, he’ll reconsider.)
“This documentary would not have been possible without the support of Robert and Jonathan Kraft and the entire Patriots organization,” Howard Katz, Senior Vice President NFL Media and COO of NFL Films, said. “Mr. Kraft is always searching for new ways to bring the fans closer to the game and this project was a perfect collaboration between the Patriots and NFL Films.”
The two-part episode on Belichick represents the first installment of a new series, which will feature shows focusing on the late Reggie White and Jerome Brown, Kurt Warner, and Walter Payton.
We’ve got a feeling that Steve will need to clear out space for more Emmys on his shelf.