Bill Belichick completed his 40th season as an NFL coach in 2014 and won his fourth Super Bowl, tying Pittsburgh's Chuck Noll for most Super Bowl wins by a head coach. Belichick is one of only five head coaches with four or more titles in NFL history. He is also the only head coach in NFL history to win three Super Bowl championships in a four-year span. Belichick leads all active coaches and is currently fourth all-time with 246 total victories as a head coach. In 2014, Belichick passed Hall of Famer Curly Lambeau for fourth place on the NFL wins list and his winning percentage of .667 ranks second in NFL history among coaches with 150 or more wins, trailing only George Halas (.682). He has led the Patriots to a winning record for 15 consecutive seasons (2001-15). The only other NFL coach to have at least 10 consecutive winning seasons with one team since the 1970 merger was Tom Landry with 16 (1970-85). Belichick has also notched 23 postseason wins in his career, most by a head coach in NFL history.
Belichick, who was hired by Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft on Jan. 27, 2000, heads into his 16th season with the Patriots. In 16 seasons, Belichick has delivered four Super Bowl championships, six conference titles, 13 division crowns and 22 playoff victories, while posting an overall record of 209-78. Entering 2015, the Patriots have won six consecutive division championships, one title shy of the seven won by the L.A. Rams (1973-79). Belichick directed the Patriots to victories in Super Bowls XXXVI (2001), XXXVIII (2003), XXXIX (2004) and XLIX (2014), and in 2007 he became the only NFL head coach to guide his team to a 16-0 regular season. From 2003 to 2004, Belichick directed the Patriots to a winning streak of 21 consecutive games, including the postseason.
Despite an NFL system designed to ensure parity, Belichick's program has produced a remarkable run of sustained on-field success. From 2000-14, the Patriots won 72.9 percent of their regular-season games (175-65), recording the highest winning percentage of any major American professional sports team over that span. Over a 100-game stretch from 2003-09, Belichick directed the team to an 81 wins, the most in NFL history by a head coach. Belichick has led the Patriots to a winning record in each of the last 15 seasons. For five straight seasons from 2003-07, Belichick's teams won the AFC East title and advanced in the playoffs, with the Patriots' five straight years of playoff advancement tying the second longest streak in NFL history.
Belichick's 23 career playoff wins are the most all-time among head coaches, while New England's 14 playoff victories from 2000-09 are tied for the most in any decade in NFL history. Belichick has compiled a career playoff record of 23-10, with his .697 playoff winning percentage placing him fifth in NFL history.
Belichick's Patriots have rarely been rattled, able to consistently maintain leads and bounce back following losses. Since the beginning of the 2003 season, New England is 38-5 (.884) in regular-season games following a loss, dropping back-to-back regular-season contests just five times over that span.
In addition, the Patriots have consistently maintained their focus throughout the year and have played their best football late in the season. Since 2001, the Patriots lead the league with a 89-27 (.767) overall record in games played on Thanksgiving or later in the NFL season. As the season wears on, the Patriots have only gotten better, posting an NFL-best 38-12 (.760) mark since 2001 in games played on Christmas or later in the NFL season and have gone an NFL-best 53-12 (.815) in the month of December. Since becoming Patriots head coach in 2000, Belichick is 56-13 (.812) in December, the second best record in December among head coaches with one team in NFL history (min. 25 games). George Seifert is first (27-6, .818). Additionally, Belichick is the first head coach in NFL history to lead a team to three straight 500-point seasons (2010-12) and the Patriots are the first franchise in NFL history to score 500 or more points in four seasons (2007-589, 2010-518, 2011-513 and 2012-557.)
2014 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
Belichick led the Patriots to a 28-24 win against Seattle in Super Bowl XLIX, his fourth Super Bowl win as a head coach, matching Chuck Noll for most Super Bowl victories by a head coach. In the process, he won his 22nd career playoff game, adding to his NFL record. Belichick earned his 21st career postseason victory in the AFC Championship Game vs. Indianapolis on Jan. 18, 2015, passing Tom Landry for the most playoff wins by a head coach in NFL history. Belichick passed Curly Lambeau for sole possession of fourth place on the all-time wins list with his 230th career victory, a 17-16 win at N.Y. Jets on Dec. 21, 2014.
One week earlier, Belichick tied Curly Lambeau for fourth place on the all-time wins list with his 229th career victory, a 41-13 win vs. Miami on Dec. 14, 2014. The win clinched Belichick's 12th division title, the most by a head coach since the 1970 merger. He added to his record with his 12th straight season with 10 or more wins after the Patriots' 23-14 victory at San Diego on Dec. 7, 2014. Belichick earned his 200th regular season victory as a head coach after the Patriots' 30-7 win at Minnesota on Sept. 14, 2014. He became just the sixth NFL head coach to reach that mark, joining Don Shula (328), George Halas (318), Tom Landry (250), Curly Lambeau (226) and Marty Schottenheimer (200).
Belichick's recent accomplishments are the latest triumphs in an NFL coaching career that began in 1975 and during which he has helped produce six Super Bowl titles, nine conference championships and 19 division titles. Now in his 41st season in the NFL, he has more years of NFL experience than any of the other 31 active head coaches. He won his first two Super Bowls as the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants in 1986 and again in 1990 before claiming four Super Bowl championships with the Patriots.
2013 SEASON IN REVIEW
Belichick guided New England to a 12-4 record, a fifth consecutive AFC East crown and third straight appearance in the AFC Championship Game. The 11th division title is now tied with Don Shula for most by a head coach since the NFL merger. With his fifth victory of the season in 2013, Belichick passed Chuck Noll for fifth place on the NFL wins list with his 210th win as a head coach. Belichick also has now led the Patriots to 13 straight winning seasons, good for third all time. Additionally, he coached the Patriots to another AFC East title and 10-plus wins, adding to his NFL record streak. Belichick now has 11 11-win seasons, just two behind Don Shula. With the victory over Indianapolis in the Divisional Playoff, Belichick collected his 19th playoff win to tie Don Shula (19) for the second-most postseason wins among head coaches, behind only Tom Landry (20) in career postseason wins.
Belichick’s recent accomplishments are the latest triumphs in an NFL coaching career that began in 1975 and during which he has helped produce five Super Bowl titles, eight conference championships and 17 division titles. Now in his 40th season in the NFL, he has more years of NFL experience than any of the other 31 active head coaches. He won his first two Super Bowls as the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants in 1986 and again in 1990 before claiming three Super Bowl championships with the Patriots.
The Patriot Years
Once he became Patriots head coach, Belichick needed just one season to successfully implement his plan for success. In 2001, his second season in charge, the Patriots rebounded from a 5-11 record in 2000 to improve to 11-5, tying what was then the franchise record for regular-season wins. With a 20-17 victory over the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI, the Patriots tied the franchise's then-record of 14 overall wins. In 2003 and 2004, the Patriots eclipsed those marks in each season, posting identical 14-2 records in the regular season and notching 17 total wins and a Super Bowl title in each year.
From 2003-04, Belichick directed the Patriots through the most prosperous two-year period for any team in NFL history, netting back-to-back Super Bowl victories and consecutive 17-2 campaigns. The team's 34 victories from 2003-04 mark the highest two-year win total in the NFL's 95-year history. An overall winning streak of 21 consecutive games, including the postseason – also unprecedented in NFL annals – spanned the two seasons. New England was undefeated at home in both 2003 and 2004, and set a franchise record by winning 21 straight home games from 2002-05.
The 2004 season saw the Patriots tie the regular-season record by a defending Super Bowl champion (14-2). New England capped off the year with another memorable playoff run, culminating in a 24-21 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX that made Belichick just the fourth head coach in NFL history to win at least three Super Bowl titles.
In 2005, New England won 11 games despite being forced to use 45 different starters, an NFL record for a division champion. After starting the season 4-4 and facing a rash of injuries, the Patriots won six of their next seven games to claim their third straight division title.
In 2006, Belichick directed the Patriots to a berth in the AFC Championship game for the third time in four years and for the fourth time in six seasons. New England won the AFC East division for the fourth consecutive season and set a franchise record by allowing just 14.8 points per game. The Patriots' 14 total victories tied what was then the second highest total in franchise history.
In 2007, Coach Belichick earned Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year honors as the Patriots became the fourth team in the league's 95-year history to complete an undefeated regular season and the first to achieve the feat since the NFL increased the number of regular-season games to 16 in 1978. Belichick joined Pro Football Hall of Famers George Halas and Don Shula as the only head coaches to complete undefeated regular seasons. New England's 18 overall victories in 2007 tied the 1985 Chicago Bears and the 1984 San Francisco 49ers for the most in league history. New England became the first team in NFL history and the first major American pro sports team since 1884 to open a season with 18 straight wins. The Patriots set then NFL records for points (589) and touchdowns (75), while their +315 point differential still stands as the best in NFL history.
In 2008, Belichick led the Patriots to an 11-5 record – the team's sixth straight season with 10 or more wins and its eighth consecutive year with a winning record. Despite losing QB Tom Brady to a season-ending injury in Week 1, New England ranked among the NFL's top 10 teams in 2008 in terms of yards gained (5th), points scored (8th), fewest yards allowed (10th) and fewest points allowed (8th), marking just the fourth time the club finished in the top 10 in all of those categories since joining the NFL in 1970. At the conclusion of the regular season, the Patriots were among the league's hottest teams, winning five of their last six games and going undefeated in December (4-0).
In 2009, the Patriots finished the season with a 10-6 record and claimed another AFC East title. They became the first team to win more than half of their games in nine straight seasons since free agency began in 1993 and the fifth team to achieve the feat since the 1970 AFL-NFL merger, joining the 49ers (16 straight from 1983-98), the Cowboys (16 straight from 1970-85), the Raiders (11 straight from 1970-80) and the Steelers (9 straight from 1972-80).
In 2010, Coach Belichick led a very young squad to an NFL-best 14-2 record, a division title and its eighth playoff appearance in his 11 seasons as New England's head coach, receiving several major awards in the process. Belichick was named Associated Press Coach of the Year for the third time, joining Don Shula (four-time winner) and Chuck Knox as the only three-time winners. In addition, Belichick earned Peter King's SI.com and Pro Football Weekly Coach of the Year. Coach Belichick guided the Patriots to a league-best 518 points scored in 2010, third in franchise history behind the 589 points in 2007 and 557 in 2012. One reason New England scored more than 500 points for the second time in team history was the club record +28 turnover differential. Belichick's constant emphasis on protecting the football paid off with two NFL records. The Patriots went seven consecutive games without committing a turnover. No other NFL team had gone longer than four straight games without turning the ball over. The Patriots had just 10 turnovers in 2010 (5 interceptions and 5 fumbles), which tied an NFL record for fewest turnovers in a season.
In 2011, Belichick guided the Patriots to a 13-3 record, his fifth AFC Conference Championship, an appearance in Super Bowl XLVI and the team's ninth division title in 12 years. Belichick is the only head coach in NFL history to win at least 13 regular-season games in five separate seasons.
Under Belichick's guidance, the Patriots finished the 2011 season with 6,848 total net yards, setting a new franchise record for most total net yards in a season. That total is fifth all-time in NFL history. In 2012, Belichick became the eighth head coach in NFL history to record 200 overall victories and in the process, guaranteed a .500 or better record for the Patriots for the 12th straight season with a 12-4 record. Additionally, the Patriots made their second consecutive AFC Championship Game appearance and seventh overall under Belichick. From 2003-12, Belichick won more regular-season games (126) and more games overall (140) over a 10-year stretch than any other head coach in NFL history.
In 2013, Belichick guided New England to a 12-4 record, a fifth consecutive AFC East crown and third straight appearance in the AFC Championship Game. With his fifth victory of the season in 2013, Belichick passed Chuck Noll for fifth place on the NFL wins list with his 210th win as a head coach. With the victory over Indianapolis in the Divisional Playoff, Belichick collected his 19th playoff win to tie Don Shula (19) for the second-most postseason wins among head coaches.
A Coaching Journey
Belichick began his coaching career after graduating from Wesleyan University and accepting a staff assistant position with the Baltimore Colts in 1975. At the age of 23, he was named special assistant to Head Coach Ted Marchibroda. In 1976, Belichick joined Rick Forzano's staff with the Detroit Lions as an assistant special teams coach. The following year, he was given his first positional coaching assignment as the Lions' tight ends and receivers coach. In 1978, Denver Broncos Head Coach Red Miller hired Belichick as the assistant special teams coach and assistant to defensive coordinator Joe Collier.
Belichick then spent 12 seasons with the New York Giants (1979-1990) before becoming head coach of the Cleveland Browns (1991-95). He later joined Bill Parcells for several seasons as assistant head coach/secondary with New England (1996) and assistant head coach/ secondary with the N.Y. Jets (1997-99) before returning to Foxborough. Belichick returned to the Patriots as head coach after three seasons with the New York Jets as the team's assistant head coach/secondary coach, holding the responsibility of calling the team's defensive plays. In 1998, the Jets surrendered just 266 points, propelling the team to its first division title. After finishing the regular season with a franchise-best 12-4 overall record, the Jets advanced to the AFC Championship Game. In his first season with the Jets in 1997, his defense surrendered just 287 points, an average of 17.9 points per game, marking a significant 10.5-point per-game improvement from 1996.
New York Giants (1979-90)
In 1979, Belichick joined Ray Perkins' staff with the New York Giants as a defensive assistant and special teams coach, launching a 12-year tenure with the Giants. After the 1980 campaign, he drew the added responsibility of coaching the Giants linebackers. In 1983, he began coordinating the defense on Bill Parcells' staff and continued coaching the linebackers, a unit that would become known as one of the most dominant groups of all-time, featuring Pro Football Hall of Famers Lawrence Taylor and Harry Carson. He was officially appointed defensive coordinator in 1985, a position he held for the next six seasons. During his time as the Giants' defensive signal caller, his units were never ranked lower than 11th in the NFL and finished as high as second in the league three times, including the Super Bowl seasons of 1986 and 1990. His contributions with the Giants throughout the 1980s brought him national recognition as one of the best young assistant coaches in the NFL.
Cleveland Browns (1991-95)
Prior to joining the Patriots as an assistant, Belichick spent five seasons (1991-95) rebuilding the Cleveland Browns, whose 3-13 finish the year prior to his arrival was, up until that point, the worst in the history of the franchise. By 1994, the Browns were again one of NFL's best teams, boasting the second-best record in the AFC. Belichick's first head coaching opportunity came following the 1990 season, when his defensive efforts with the New York Giants helped claim a second Super Bowl title in five years. At the age of 38, he became the NFL's youngest head coach. In his first season, Belichick began the rebuilding process by restoring the foundation of the aging squad he inherited. In 1991, the Browns improved to 6-10 and played in 11 games that were decided by a touchdown or less.
Following back-to-back 7-9 campaigns in 1992 and 1993, the Browns improved to 11-5 in 1994, a mark that is still tied for the second highest victory total in the 61-year history of the Browns franchise. The 1994 squad was defined by its defense, which allowed a league-low 204 points. In their return to the playoffs, the Browns defeated the Patriots, 20-13, in a first-round Wild Card game on New Year's Day 1995.
The 1995 season was disrupted by the mid-season announcement that the Cleveland Browns franchise would be moved to Baltimore at the conclusion of the campaign. The announcement caused an undeniable mid-season distraction contributing to a 5-11 finish. Belichick did not accompany the franchise's move to Baltimore after the 1995 season.
An Assistant with the Patriots
Patriots fans witnessed Belichick's impact on a team firsthand in 1996 when he joined the Patriots after five seasons as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns. That year, the Patriots claimed their first division title in 10 years with an 11-5 record and won their first two playoff games at Foxboro Stadium to advance to Super Bowl XXXI. The 1996 Patriots defense allowed just 19.6 points per game and forced 34 turnovers, second in the AFC. In two playoff games, the defense allowed just nine points combined, propelling the Patriots to a berth in Super Bowl XXXI against Green Bay.
Eight former assistant coaches on Coach Belichick's staffs in Cleveland or New England have gone on to become head coaches at the NFL or collegiate level. One current NFL head coach and two college head coaches worked on Belichick staffs: Houston's Bill O'Brien, Alabama's Nick Saban and Iowa's Kirk Ferentz.
Throughout his career, Coach Belichick has been active in a wide array of charitable endeavors in New England, New York, Cleveland and beyond. Coach Belichick has been involved in the establishment of scholarship programs in New England, Maryland and Ohio. In 2013, the Bill Belichick Foundation was launched, a nonprofit organization created to provide coaching, mentorship and financial assistance to individuals, communities and organizations with a focus on the sports of football and lacrosse. Belichick has also supported and participated in events to aid Wesleyan University, his alma mater, which established a full, four-year scholarship for incoming students, named the Belichick Scholarship.
Additionally, he has presented the Steve Belichick Award in conjunction with the Annapolis Touchdown Club. The award, presented in the name of Coach Belichick's father, a longtime Naval Academy assistant coach, honors an Annapolis resident deeply involved in sports without seeking a spotlight for their achievements. Upon returning to New England in 2000, Belichick established an annual scholarship recognizing an outstanding student athlete at Annapolis High School.
Coach Belichick has dedicated his time to sharing his vast experience and insight with high school coaches, many of whom are building their own coaching careers and are shaping the next generation of football players. In 2013, Belichick served as a guest speaker at the Notre Dame coaches clinic. In 2010, Belichick was the keynote speaker at Rutgers University's coaching clinic. In 2009, he addressed more than 500 Florida high school coaches at the Florida Gators Coaching Clinic. In previous years, Belichick has also addressed high school coaches at USA Football's New England Coaching Camp and has spoken with Alabama high school coaches at the Alabama Coaching Clinic. Coach Belichick was also a keynote speaker at the Frank McGuire Foundation's coaching seminar, addressing 600 New York-area high school coaches.
Coach Belichick has also lent his support to numerous foundations and fundraisers. He participated in the Samsung's Four Seasons of Hope annual fundraising gala, where he introduced longtime friend Jon Bon Jovi to a list of honorees that included Joe Torre, Arnold Palmer, Magic Johnson and Boomer Esiason. The star-studded affair raised over $500,000 to aid children and families in need. He was honored by Roxbury Comprehensive Community Center (RoxComp) and presented with the "Healthy Living Award."
He is also a supporter of Hall of Famer Jim Brown's Amer-I-Can Foundation and has made speeches and appearances for Brown's foundation. He also supports Hannah and Friends, a foundation founded by long-time colleague Charlie Weis to benefit individuals with special needs. In 2010 Coach Belichick supported a charity called Friends of Jaclyn, an organization that helps children with cancerous brain tumors be "adopted" by teams of all levels. He served as co-chair of a gala event in Boston that raised awareness for Friends of Jaclyn.
Since becoming Patriots head coach, Coach Belichick has participated in dozens of community events in New England, including the Best Buddies Challenge, the March of Dimes Walk America, the Rodman Ride for Kids, RoxComp's Reading is the Best Medicine Program and the Mayors Cup Regatta on the Charles River to benefit AccesSportAmerica, a charity dedicated to the fitness of children and adults with disabilities. He is a supporter of the Pawtucket Police Athletic League. He has also participated in several events benefiting the Lazarus House, a non-profit charity serving the homeless of Merrimack Valley.
While in Cleveland, the Belichick family launched a charitable foundation benefitting the Zelma George Home, a shelter for homeless women and children. The Belichicks also established an annual scholarship awarded to an Annapolis High School senior for academic and athletic achievement.
Coach Belichick has received prestigious awards from two alma maters: Wesleyan University and Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. At Wesleyan's commencement in 2002, Coach Belichick received the prestigious Baldwin Medal, awarded annually by the Wesleyan University Alumni Association. It recognizes outstanding contributions to public interest and to Wesleyan. In 2005, he received a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Wesleyan. He was inducted into the Wesleyan University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008. He is proud to remain close to his Phillips Academy roots, where he was bestowed the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1987 and the Distinguished Service Award in 2008. He was also honored at Phillips Academy when the school declared a day in his honor in 2002. Belichick was also among the 2011 inductees for Phillips Andover Academy's Athletics Hall of Honor. Coach Belichick has enjoyed several annual offseason visits to New England schools to interact with students. His speaking engagements included visits to Southern Connecticut State University, Boston College, Wesleyan, Brown University, Salem State College, Phillips Andover Academy and a panel discussion on sports at the Fenn School's Alumni Dinner. He was a guest speaker at the 2006 NCAA Lacrosse All-American banquet held at the Final Four in Philadelphia and at the 2008 NCAA Lacrosse Championship Banquet at Gillette Stadium. In 2004, he received honorary doctorates at Boston University and the New England Institute of Technology, where he also delivered the commencement address to over 900 graduates. In 2008, he addressed a group of 100 Foxborough-area middle school students and hosted them at a screening of the movie "The Express." Coach Belichick also delivered the commencement address at Suffield Academy in 2011.
Belichick lettered in football, lacrosse and squash while attending college at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn. He earned three letters in football while competing at center and tight end. As a senior, he was named captain of his lacrosse team. He was inducted into the Wesleyan University Athletics Hall of Fame as part of its inaugural class in 2008.
Education of a Coach
In 2005, legendary author and historian David Halberstam wrote The Education of a Coach, a book which chronicled Bill Belichick's life and career in football.
Bill Belichick was born April 16, 1952, in Nashville, Tenn., and raised in Annapolis, Md. His father, Steve, played fullback for the Detroit Lions in 1941 and coached for 33 years at the Naval Academy. Bill was a standout prep athlete at Annapolis High, where he has since been inducted into the school's Hall of Fame. He attended Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass., before enrolling at Wesleyan, where he earned his bachelor's degree in economics in 1975.
Bill Belichick spent 20 years as an assistant coach in the NFL and this is his 20th season as a head coach. According to the Elias Sports Bureau he is the only man in NFL history to serve 20 or more seasons as an assistant coach and 20 seasons as a head coach.
Belichick’s Patriots teams own the all-time NFL records for consecutive total victories, including postseason games, (21 from 2003-04) and consecutive playoff victories (10 from 2001-05).
Coach Belichick’s career winning percentage of .664 (233-118) ranks third all-time among head coaches with 150 or more wins, trailing only Hall of Famers George Halas (.682) and Don Shula (.666).
In 2007, Coach Belichick led the Patriots to the NFL’s first 16-0 regular season and joined Halas and Shula as the only coaches in NFL history to direct their teams to an undefeated regular season.
Coach Belichick is the only head coach in NFL history to win three Super Bowls in four seasons (2001, 2003, 2004).
With 40 years of NFL coaching experience, Coach Belichick is the longest tenured among active NFL head coaches.
The 2014 AFC Championship was Bill Belichick’s sixth conference championship as a head coach. Belichick’s six conference titles are tied with Don Shula for the most in NFL history during the Super Bowl era.
Four former assistants on Coach Belichick’s staffs are head coaches in the NFL or college in 2014. Two of Coach Belichick’s former assistants are NFL general managers in 2014.
Bill Belichick is one of just four head coaches to win three championships since the Super Bowl era began following the 1966 season. Coach Belichick joins three members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the exclusive club. Belichick is the only coach to win three Super Bowls in the post-1993 salary cap era.
MOST SUPER BOWL VICTORIES
2001, 2003, 2004, 2014
1974, 1975, 1978, 1979
1982, 1987, 1991
1981, 1984, 1988
*NOTE: Sorted by most recent championship. Super Bowls have determined NFL champion since 1966.
Coach Belichick has won 22 career playoff games, the most by a head coach in NFL history.
MOST PLAYOFF WINS BY AN NFL HEAD COACH
Cleveland Browns, New England Patriots
Baltimore Colts, Miami Dolphins
AMONG THE GREATS
Coach Belichick has 233 career wins and a career winning percentage of .664, placing third in NFL history among all NFL coaches with at least 150 career victories.
TOP WINNING PERCENTAGE AMONG HEAD COACHES WITH AT LEAST 150 WINS
1920-29, 33-42, 46-55, 58-67
*NOTE: Winning percentages are calculated using official NFL rules. Ties are not included in winning percentage prior to 1972. Since 1972, a tie counts as a half-win, half-loss.
SUPER BOWL SAVVY
Most Super Bowl appearances by a head coach or Assistant coach in NFL History
9 (Six as a head coach)
7 (Four as a head coach)
6 (Six as a head coach)
5 (Four as a head coach)
5 (Five as a head coach)
5 (Four as a head coach)
Bill Belichick is one of nine NFL head coaches to win three or more championships since the league began postseason play in 1933. With the Patriots’ victory in Super Bowl XXXIX, Belichick joined an exclusive club in which each of the eight other members has been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
HEAD COACHES WITH THREE OR MORE NFL TITLES (Listed alphabetically)
New England Patriots
Baltimore Colts, New York Jets
Earl (Curly) Lambeau
Green Bay Packers
Green Bay Packers
San Francisco 49ers
THE BELICHICK LIBRARY
Coach Belichick is an avid collector of football-related books, and along with his late father, Steve, amassed a library of more than 800 volumes. The library is believed to be one of the largest collection of football books in the world, behind the Pro Football Hall of Fame and the Library of Congress. In 2006, Coach Belichick moved his entire library to the Naval Academy, where his father coached for 33 years. The books are housed in a display at Ricketts Hall in Annapolis for future generations of football players, coaches and fans to enjoy.
HONORS & AWARDS
Coach Belichick has been honored with numerous awards in recognition of his success with the Patriots. He has earned NFL Coach of the Year honors by the Associated Press three times (2003, 2007 and 2010) and has finished in the top five in AP voting for NFL Coach of the Year Award nine times (1994, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2010). Below is a sampling of the recognition he has earned since 2001:
2010 NFL COACH OF THE YEAR HONORS
Peter King's SI.com
Pro Football Weekly
2007 NFL COACH OF THE YEAR HONORS
Pro Football Weekly/PFWA
Dallas Morning News
Kansas City's 101 Football Awards - AFC Coach of the Year
2004 NFL COACH OF THE YEAR HONORS
Fox TV/Terry Bradshaw
OTHER 2004 HONORS
ESPY Award - Best Coach/Manager
U.S. Sports Academy Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award
2003 NFL COACH OF THE YEAR HONORS
The Sporting News
Pro Football Weekly/PFWA
Dallas Morning News
San Francisco Chronicle
Fox TV/Terry Bradshaw
Kansas City's 101 Football Awards - AFC Coach of the Year
OTHER 2003 HONORS
Time Magazine's 100 most powerful and influential people in the world
2001 NFL COACH OF THE YEAR HONORS
College & Pro Football News weekly
Dallas Morning News
Kansas City's 101 Football Awards - AFC Coach of the Year