He’s won 3 Super Bowl Championships as head coach of the New England Patriots. He’s a 3-time AP Coach of the Year. His team has won 12 AFC East crowns in his 15 seasons and 5 AFC Conference titles. And his 175-65 mark is the best – by a dozen games – in the NFL since 2000. He’s a surefire Hall of Famer.
You could say Bill Belichick knows what he’s doing on the football field. He earns that $7-plus million yearly salary.
And you know what you’re getting when he’s at podium speaking to the media. This clip about sums it up.
Belichick, 62, can come off as grumpy interviews and frumpy in his clothing, but there is much more to the man than the standoffish attitude often seen on Sundays in the autumn.
For instance, his foundation – billbelichickfoundation.org – “aims to provide coaching, mentorship, and financial support to individuals, communities, and organizations.”
As the Patriots prepare to host the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship this weekend, let’s take a look at a side of the coach we don’t normally see.
We’re on to Belichick:
1. Belichick Is a Big Fan of The Band Bon Jovi
Belichick is known as a hardcore Bon Jovi fan. Belichick met the New Jersey rocker when coaching with the Giants back in the 1990s.
The two have remained close, and JBJ is often seen hanging out around the Patriots facilities and at games.
And we know Jon Bon is a football fan; he owned the Philadelphia Soul from 2004-08, but suspended team operations when the Arena Football League folded in 2009.
2. Belichick Has 3 Children With His Ex-Wife
Debby Clarke and Belichick divorced in the Summer of 2006, but they had 3 children. Brian Belichick plays lacrosse at Trinity College in Connecticut, Stephen Belichick is an assistant coach with the Patriots and Amanda Belichick is the head women’s lacrosse coach at Wesleyan in Connecticut, where Bill graduated from in 1975.
Belichick was linked to Sharon Shenocca, who was the receptionist for the New York Giants, after his split from Clarke.
3. Belichick’s Girlfriend Is Linda Holliday
Linda Holliday, who is quite active on Social Media, gives us a glimpse of the coach that is rarely seen on the sidelines on her Twitter and Instagram accounts. Her Twitter handle is: LindaH_Official and her Instagram is @lindahollidayofficial. She often posts pictures of the two showing Belichick in a different, more relaxed, light.
There were rumors the pair were engaged, but they have not been confirmed.
The two met in a Palm Beach, Florida, nightclub in 2007.
4. Belichick Is of Croatian Descent
Most of the football played in Croatia is what is known as soccer in the United States.
Belichick’s grandfather, Ivan Belicic, came to the U.S. around 1900 from the Karlovac region of Croatia.
Former New York Giants offensive lineman Dave Diehl is also Croatian as is Nick Saban. At one point, the AFC East had 2 head coaches of Croatian descent – Belichick with the Pats and Saban with the Dolphins.
5. Belichick Is Quite The Athlete
Belichick was a 3-sport athlete at Wesleyan. He lettered in football, lacrosse and squash. Belichick was elected to the school’s athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.
Belichick also plays a lot of golf and has participated in Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
Pro James Driscoll told ESPN after his round with the coach:
He hit the ball great. His game, for his level and his handicap, I thought he played great.