"Rare" photos of Bill Belichick

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  1. Fencer

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    Bill Belichick - 1954 - Rare Photos of Bill Belichick - Photos - SI.com

    One of those Sports Illustrated photo essays. Some good ones in there.

    Same thing happened to him that happened to me. One is a good-looking young guy and then, boom, one is middle-aged, like a totally different person. Happens to most people, of course ...

    ... except, I suppose, to those who were never good-looking in the first place. ;)
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  2. andrewgarrr

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    Same dorky smile on photo 3/22.
  3. supafly

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    Nice find, Fencer. Thank you for sharing these. As far as the 'young man to a hardly recognizable one' goes, please don't depress me anymore. I am already in the midst of an early mid-life crisis in my mid-30's.

    The picture of young Belichick and young Adams from 1971 (#4) is the most priceless one for a good laugh. The attire and hair style were too much!

    The one of he and his dad (the infamous Gatorade) is the most meaningful to us fans, and probably himself.
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  4. Fencer

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    Between the Gatorade bath and getting knocked down while volunteer coaching the Pats, Steve Belichick was a tough guy to end, involved in football to the end, and his son made that happen for him.

    That kind of thing is a great feeling for an old man's son.
  5. Fencer

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    Sorry about that!

    But time defeats us all. Well, almost all of us; Jon Bon Jovi looks amazingly well-preserved ...

    That and the first Browns-coach one triggered my "young, good-looking guy" comment.

    The funniest of all, albeit not in a particularly BB-specific way, may be the tackling lesson (#9).
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  6. RayClay

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    Was Ernie Adams the original nerd, or what? 4/22
  7. Gumby

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    #5 of 22. He is # 86 center-right of front row.

    (to save the rest of you squinting at the names and counting back L-R. :p)

    Or of course you could just look for his haircut. That hasn't changed in 40 years. ;)
  8. parthasas

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    wow nice photos ! I like the last one with his hands up and everyone around him smiling..

    Good find
  9. Froob

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    Thanks for sharing nice find. Not to derail the thread too much but, what was the reason for Belichick resigning from the jets and joining the pats?
  10. PatsWickedPissah

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    I believe that he felt that the Jets HC job would be a sham with Parcells really running the show. He'd had enough of Tuna's overbearing nature and wanted a 2nd chance as an independent HC. He may not have seen eye to eye with turbulent Jets ownership. He also got along with Kraft.
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  11. Patjew

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    His anti-suckitude policy.
  12. shmessy

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    Also, that picture was NOT from 1971 as SI mistakenly puts it.

    It is clearly from the early 1980's when both worked for the Giants - - picture is in Giants stadium also.
  13. patchick

    patchick Moderatrix Staff Member PatsFans.com Supporter

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    No question -- and that's part of what makes Ernie's polyester pants so special. :)

    BTW in photo #5 of the Wesleyan football team, notice how you can see through the bleachers to trees behind? There's no stadium at Wesleyan, they just set up bleachers in the main quad.
  14. jmt57

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    Primary reason is that after what happened in Cleveland BB wanted an owner that was on the same page as he was in the way the team would be operated. Belichick was fine with working for Leon Hess, but he passed away. I don't recall the details of the timing (had Johnson officially taken over yet?) but either (a) Belichick didn't want to be involved with a team that was dealing with the possible chaos of no owner (and perhaps having to report to multiple people); (b) didn't know enough about Hess or didn't want to deal with a new owner; or (c) had talked to Hess and had reservations about Hess' vision for Belichick and the team.

    If I recall correctly the second reason was that initially Parcells was completely retiring, but then it turned out that Parcells would still be with the organization and Belichick would be reporting to him. Whether it was because he had a different business plan than Parcells did or he simply wanted to be able to do things his way, Belichick definitely got cold feet about the opportunity.

    The photo with Ernie Adams is priceless.

  15. BoTown

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    Wow, he looked exactly the same in 1971 as he did in 1987.
  16. NEP4Life

    NEP4Life Third String But Playing on Special Teams

    "The next Vince Lombardi, and friend."​
  17. Tom + Bill

    Tom + Bill Practice Squad Player

    He is one good looking man
  18. NinjaZX6R

    NinjaZX6R In the Starting Line-Up

    This pic is scary...he is never happy!! :D

  19. JoeSixPat

    JoeSixPat Pro Bowl Player

    This was my favorite - well, a tie with the one of Belichick and his dad getting dumped with Gatorade!

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