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NFL Films Debut Of "Bill Belichick: A Football Life" Receives Favorable Reviews
Published September 9, 2011
UNDERNEATH THE HOODIE: In Boston, Ian Rapoport writes the "portrait painted of Belichick leaves you with a supreme understanding of simply, how he leads his football team." Rapoport: "You don't leave the viewing thinking that the point was to show you, here's why Belichick is the best ever, yada yada. ... You come away with a sincere respect not only for what he goes through and how he approaches the team, but how every coach lives" (BOSTONHERALD.com, 9/9). CABLEFAX DAILY writes, "Belichick is less phlegmatic than his rep and emerges as a decent fellow with an occasional dry wit. Besides the access, what's most impressive is hearing and watching him dissect an upcoming game" (CABLEFAX DAILY, 9/9).
EMOTIONAL ROLLER COASTER: ESPN.com's Mike Reiss wrote one of the "more powerful moments came when Belichick reflected on his days with the Giants, touring old Giants Stadium before the team's Week 2 game against the Jets that season." Reiss: "He chokes up. Some of the memories were from behind the scenes, such as racquetball games against Bill Parcells." Throughout the episode there are "plenty of other interesting nuggets," like hearing Belichick "trash-talking with then-Ravens receiver Derrick Mason during a Week 4 game, with some we're-going-to-have-to-bleep-this-out language." Viewers also discover Belichick "wanted to avoid a postgame handshake with Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels, his former offensive coordinator, so he embraced him before the game and told him they'd just wave afterward" (ESPN.com, 9/7).