Bill Belichick may have lost Tom Brady, but the New England Patriots head coach could win big elsewhere.
As one of the all-time greatest coaches in the NFL, Belichick’s reputation and expertise related to football are in a league of their own, and it shows in everything he does. Six Super Bowl victories and nine championship appearances make him somewhat of an authority on the subject, and his participation in the NFL 100 series has resulted in an Emmy nod in the 41st Annual Sports Emmy Awards. It’s just another day in the life of the man whose entire life centers on the gridiron.
Belichick has been nominated for an Emmy in the “Outstanding Sports Personality-Studio Analyst” category. He had appeared as part of the NFL Network’s NFL 100 All-Time Team, providing insight into the history of the league, as well as its greatest players. Typically soft-spoken with little to say, Belichick proved that he has a lighter side, and one that is a complete encyclopedia of football-related content.
His knowledge comes over decades of being attached to football. He told ESPN’s Mike Reiss last November that being part of the 100 All-Time Team had made him a better coach, explaining, “I learned a lot. I watched a lot of film of players in the ’30s, ’40s, ’50s and the ’60s — quite a bit of that over the summer and last spring, and it was very enlightening in studying the great players in different eras and how the game was played.”
Belichick participated in the program alongside Rich Eisen and Cris Collinsworth, and was involved in all six segments. He apparently gets extremely excited when talking about NFL-related topics, and added to Reiss, “The interaction with some of the great people that are on the panel and their insights — people like Ron Wolf and John Madden — sparked me to go back and look more closely at some of the things they brought up and enlightened me on. The whole process was great and, I think, in a way, definitely made me a better coach from the things that I’ve learned. It was a very great honor to be a part of it, very educational, informative, and I would say motivating to indulge those in the process.”
The NFL 100 All-Time Team was created to celebrate the NFL as it marks its 100th season. It includes a roster of 100 players and ten coaches, and the team started to be sculpted two years ago when a 28-person panel was created to select who would be included. That panel was comprised of coaches, executives from teams and the league, former players and media personnel.
There are several other nominees in the same category as Belichick, including Charles Barkley for his work on Inside the NBA, El Leiter for MLB Tonight and Michael Strahan for NFL on Fox, among others. A ceremony will, at some point, be held for all nominees; however, the coronavirus is forcing the event to be postponed, and a new date has not yet been announced.
The executive director of the Sports Emmy Awards, Justine Gubar, said in a statement, “We look forward to celebrating our community and the wide range of outstanding achievement across all facets of our industry. Despite the uncertainty, we are optimistic about holding the ceremony at a rescheduled date in the fall so that we can come together in good health and honor the absolute best in sports coverage as well as our groundbreaking Lifetime Achievement Honoree, Lesley Visser.”
At this point, Belichick doesn’t really need anything to bolster his status as football’s most proficient coach. Still, an Emmy added to his long list of accomplishments will certainly be a nice touch.