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Sunday, February 22, 2009
Belichick recounts early friendship with Reese

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

INDIANAPOLIS -- Patriots coach Bill Belichick just made a surprise appearance at a press room podium at the combine, and delivered a wide-ranging address for about 10 minutes before there was room for a question.

He talked extensively about Floyd Reese, the former Titans general manager and ESPN analyst who became the Patriots' senior football advisor at the end of January.

 Reese

Here's a snippet about their time together as assistants in Detroit at the start of their careers:

"Our staff was an older staff and Floyd and I were the two youngest coaches on the staff and ended up living a couple blocks away from each other. We kind of hung out together, we rode to work, we rode to games, worked together on the kicking game. I was coaching the tight ends and he was coaching the linebackers and we'd do drills against each other.

"Our friendship evolved out of the coaching relationship. I've always admired and respected Floyd for what he's been able to do. Even as a player, you look at him it's hard to believe he was an All-American linebacker at 5-11 [at UCLA] or whatever he was but that's the way he played. He's a great thinker and a great worker and that was something that rubbed off on me early. His determination and his ability as a coach, I think that's something I appreciated very early in my career... I'm glad to have Floyd and glad to be able to work with him. I didn't know if it would ever happen. I don't know what happened a few years ago in Tennessee, but I'm glad it worked out for him."