In case you missed it over the weekend, it’s worth 4 minutes of your time on Veterans Day to check out this “SportsCenter” feature (video above) on how Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s late father, Steve, shaped him as both a man and a football coach.
Steve, who passed away in 2005, was a football coach at Navy for more than three decades. When Bill was a child, he would tag along with his father at practice, watch coaching film with him and even go on a scouting trip each year.
"Just being able to catch a pass from [Navy QB] Roger Staubach, you're 10 years old, that's pretty good," Belichick said with a smile in a recent interview.
The lessons on football, loyalty, discipline and commitment instilled by his father helped shape Bill’s vision on what a football team should be.
"I didn't know that there was another way,” Bill explains. “You work with your teammates to get the job done. You always put them ahead of you, that your teammates are more important than you are. You sacrifice for them. You don't let them down. It's an awesome lesson that has affected my entire life and coaching philosophy."
His father’s most important lessons were applicable off the field as well.
"One of the things that I respect most about my dad is the number of Midshipmen later on who have come back to tell me stories about [him], they learned a lot more from him off the field, about being a man, and life lessons than they did football lessons, although there were a plenty of those, too," Bill said. "I think he gave a lot of tough love that we all need; I need it. It was a tougher love but it was a compassionate love."