A Football Life: The Two Bills

A Football Life, Chris Barlow, New England Patriots

Posted by Paul…Written by Chris Barlow

The last two summers I’ve had the privilege of helping produce documentaries on two Bills.  In 2010 it was Parcells.  This summer was Belichick.  The two films–like the two men–are very different.  For the Parcells film we did many interviews.  Former players Phil Simms, George Martin, Pepper Johnson, and Curtis Martin told us what it was like to play for Parcells.  Former assistants like Belichick and Sean Payton explained what it was like to work for him.  And men like Tony La Russa, Ron Wolf, and Dan Henning helped paint a picture of their friend.  In the end, with the help of all those interviews, we felt we had a complex portrait of Parcells.

Bill Belichick

For the Belichick film, director Ken Rodgers wanted Belichick to create a self-portrait.  Rodgers kept the camera focused on Belichick, and the result is a raw, intimate look at the most successful modern-day coach in the NFL.  There is, however, one interview in the Belichick film (other than Bill himself) and that is with Jeannette Belichick, Bill’s 89 year-old mother.  When asked when she knew her son would be a football coach she replied, “from the time he was about two.”  Mrs. Belichick knew Bill very well.  I think after watching “A Football Life: Bill Belichick,” viewers will be able to say the same thing.

EDITOR’S NOTE:  The series “A Football Life” makes its debut Thursday 9/15 at 9pm/ET only on NFL Network, with part one of the two-part Bill Belichick doc.  Check out the trailer below.

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