Bill Belichick finds himself fortunate to have both of his sons on his staff, with both Brian Belichick and Steve Belichick now part of the group who helped guide this team to their seventh Super Bowl during his tenure.
Brian is a Scouting Assistant, while Steve was promoted last March from a coaching assistant to becoming the safeties coach. It’s impressive to see two sons of one of the top coaches in the game working their way up the coaching ranks, but Belichick emphasized on Wednesday that he wasn’t for the decision. Despite being a relatively lucrative career for people their age starting out, Belichick still believes that both they, and other children alike, should follow their passion above all else.
“Well, I got some advice from my dad and I passed that along to my kids. My dad’s advice was to not get into coaching. What I have always said to my kids or really any young people that have asked me that question is you have to follow your heart, do what your passion is. Don’t just take a job because it pays a little more money, just do what you want to do. Live out your dreams and try to achieve them.”
Belichick also admitted that his kids are in it because they love doing it, not because he wants them to be involved in it.
“They are in what they do because that is what they want to do, it is not my decision,” said Belichick. “I don’t try to guide them into it, I don’t try to guide them out of it. I try to help them the best I can like any father would try to do for his children. Ultimately, when they become adults and they are ready to make their own decisions then they have a green light to make them.”
“If they ask for my advice I will certainly give them the fatherly advice, the best that I can. But in the end, they are the ones that have to live that. That is the same thing when kids are choosing a college or making a decision like that. They are the ones that have to wake up every day, go to school, play on the sports team and get the education at that school. They are the ones that have to be happy at the school, not the parents, not somebody else that is directing them.”.
“Again, you try to help them with the decision but ultimately it is their choice and they are the ones that have to live with it. I try to be supportive and not try to steer it one way or the other.”
For now, their decision allows him to be around him each day, so it’s hard not to imagine that he’s has to be enjoying these moments. Winning on Sunday would likely be pretty special, and hopefully New England has one more good performance left to make that a reality.
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