PHOENIX — Bill Belichick‘s respect, love and admiration for his father is well documented. And while he paid respect to his late father Steve again on Friday, the Patriots coach didn’t want to forget about his dad’s better half.
Answering a question of both coaches about how many family members would be on site, Belichick initially said all of his family will be at University of Phoenix Stadium, adding “my personal family, too.”
Pete Carroll offered his answer before Belichick piped up, “I have one correction on that. My 94-year-old mom won’t be here. She’s in Annapolis. I know she’ll be yelling at the TV set all game. But I do miss that she won’t be here.”
Jeannette (Munn) Belichick gave birth to Belichick on April 16, 1952 in Nashville, Tenn. She was the supportive mom featured in the 2009 Bill Belichick documentary “A Football Life” on NFL Network. Jeannette traveled with husband Steve and son Bill to Annapolis, where young Bill was raised and Steve took up shop for 45 years as an assistant coach at Navy.
Later, Belichick and Carroll were asked who was the one person that taught them the most about coaching. Belichick’s answered was a no-brainer.
“For me, I’d have to say my dad,” Belichick said. “I’ve had the opportunity to be around a lot of great coaches as an assistant coach, other assistants and, obviously, for a number of great head coaches, and interacted with many others. But, in the end, my dad had a big influence on me.”
As for historical legacies on the line Sunday, neither coach was willing to go down that road Friday.
“With all due respect, for us, whatever we have or haven’t done in the past, the Super Bowls we’ve won, the ones we didn’t win, championships and so forth, really, it’s not about that right now,” Belichick said. “This is about an opportunity for this team at this time to be special this year. Again, whatever did or didn’t happen, we don’t really care now at this point; we care about what happens on Sunday and what we’ll leave as the legacy and what the mark of this team is. That’s the passion that this group of players and coaches have for each other. So it’s really not about anything that has happened. It’s about what’s going to happen Sunday. That’s where we’re at.”
“These are opportunities that come up that you guys kind of put together to see the storyline to it,” added Carroll. “This is really this game, and this opportunity is rare in itself and unique in itself. If there’s reason to look back and say, ‘We did this,’ and, ‘We did that,’ and make connections and storylines for all that, that’s really for you guys to do that. That has nothing to do with what’s going on and it’s not really our focus at all ‘ it’s this great matchup that we have. We have family in, it’s a great time to be together, it’s a great celebration for everyone, and it’s fun for it to be shared so I enjoy them here.’