Belichick documentary set for NFL Network

August, 29, 2011
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NFL.com Video ScreenshotPart of the NFL Network's series features Bill Belichick off the field (and on Nantucket waters).
The NFL Network mic'ed up Bill Belichick for the entire 2009 season and filmed him both on and off the field, leading to a new two-part documentary series, "Bill Belichick: A Football Life," which will premiere Thursday, Sept. 15 at 9 p.m. Here's more on the series from a release from the NFL Network:
Belichick is the first subject of a new series by the Emmy Award-winning producers at NFL Films, offering untold stories into the lives of some the NFL’s most recognizable icons. Each documentary provides unprecedented access to each featured individual to tell the story of how their legacy is forever intertwined in the fabric of NFL history.

"Bill Belichick doesn’t only make history -- he studies it; he understands his place in it; and he appreciates our desire to capture it,” said NFL Films president Steve Sabol. “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.”

In the 2009 season, which marked Belichick’s 35th consecutive year in the NFL and the Patriots’ 50th Anniversary season, NFL Films documented sides of the three-time Super Bowl-winning head coach few have ever seen. While his unmatched record as a head coach makes him no stranger to the NFL record books, Belichick made history in the production of A Football Life by becoming the only coach to ever be wired for sound for an entire NFL season.

“This documentary would not have been possible without the support of Robert and Jonathan Kraft and the entire Patriots organization,” said Howard Katz, senior vice president NFL Media and COO of NFL Films. “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.”

Actor Josh Charles (CBS’ The Good Wife) lends his voice to the two-part documentary that begins with Belichick spending his last day of the offseason in Nantucket before reporting to training camp the following day. The 2009 Patriots, who welcomed the return of QB Tom Brady, faced a number of personnel changes from the front office to the field. 'Bill Belichick: A Football Life' chronicles Belichick through the season in a variety of roles and situations including his last trip to Giants Stadium, game planning with quarterback Tom Brady, lighter moments with members of his team and family, and a look inside Belichick’s childhood during a visit with mother, Jeannette.

Hop HERE for a video preview (including the fishing scene above). Episode 2 is set to air on Thursday, Sept. 22 at 10 p.m.

Chris Forsberg

Celtics reporter, ESPNBoston.com

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