NEW YORK (WFAN) – So the Jets’ robotic nemesis has feelings, after all.
“You’ve seen him coach for 37 NFL seasons. You’ve seen him record 177 career victories. You’ve seen him win 5 Super Bowl rings,” boasts the trailer for “A Football Life,” the NFL Network’s new two-part documentary on Patriots head coach Bill Belichick.
“But you’ve never seen him… like this.”
You mean reminiscing over an old teddy bear? Or holding back tears in the hallways of old Giants Stadium?
Well then, that’s pretty accurate.
“I was just trying to establish my coaching career,” the normally stoic Belichick says while touring Giants Stadium for the last time. “Be a good coach. Win some games. It’s hard not to get choked up about it.”
Belichick began his 12-year tenure with the Giants in 1979. He rose from defensive assistant and special teams coach under Ray Perkins all the way to the defensive coordinator position in 1985 with head coach Bill Parcells.
And he has two Super Bowl rings with Big Blue to show for it.
However, New York’s love affair with the coach quickly ended after the 1999 season, when he scribbled his resignation as “HC of the NYJ” on a piece of paper. He was on the job for just one day before eventually bolting for New England.
Cut to Belichick slowly walking into the shadows below Giants Stadium, with his head hung low: “Damn, I spent a lot of hours in that room.”
NFL Films wired Belichick for sound — not only for a few games, but for the entire 2009 season.
“Bill Belichick doesn’t only make history — he studies it, he understands his place in it, and he appreciates our desire to capture it,” NFL Films’ Steve Sabol said in a statement. “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.”
The special includes scenes filmed on Belichick’s boat before the season, and the previously mentioned teddy bear moment.
“This is it,” Belichick says, smiling over his childhood keepsake. “It’s been sewn together. Looks like he’s had open heart surgery.”
The first part will air Thursday, Sept. 15, at 9 p.m. on the NFL Network, with the finale set for Thursday, Sept. 22, at 10 p.m.
Jets fans: what do you think of Belichick’s hidden side? Be heard in the comments below…