Saturday, December 8, 2012
Belichick on 'special' Army-Navy game
By Field Yates
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Patriots head coach Bill Belichick grew up around the Naval Academy, where his father was a longtime assistant coach for the football team and earned his reputation for having a gifted eye for scouting.
He became familiar with the annual Army vs. Navy football game, a tradition that dates back more than a century.
Earlier today, the 113th annual matchup between the two service academies was held, and Belichick took time to reflect on the event during his morning news conference.
"That's one that it seems like everybody in the country has got a rooting interest on, one way or the other," Belichick said. "You have some kind of family connection with one service academy or service or the other. It's a great game for college football. It's a great game for our country. It brings out the patriotism in all of us.
"It's a special game. There's really nothing else like it," he continued. "There's rivalries, but that's such a national rivalry, and it's not about a bunch of guys who are going to go on to play pro football. They're going to fight, and some of them die for our country. It's really -- on a competitive level -- it's about as high as it gets. It's a great, great event."