Bill Belichick adds unexpected trophy on Patriots’ field trip – NBC Sports Boston

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Bill Belichick doesn’t always get along well with the media. But he’s also one of them.

The New England Patriots head coach took his team on a field trip to NFL Films headquarters in Mount Laurel, N.J., on Tuesday after a joint practice session with the Philadelphia Eagles, per ESPN’s Mike Reiss.

NFL Films is where Belichick spent part of the 2019 offseason as a co-host of NFL Network’s “NFL 100 All-Time Team” series, which counted down the 100 greatest players in league history.

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Belichick enjoyed the experience immensely, and apparently he did a decent job in his analyst role: The longtime head coach was presented with a Sports Emmy on Tuesday for his efforts on the show.

Belichick’s right-hand man, Patriots director of football/head coach administration Berj Najarian, also shared an Instagram photo of the head coach with his hardware alongside NFL Films producer Ken Rodgers.

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Belichick winning an award for excellence in media doesn’t seem on-brand with his brusque press conference persona, but in context, it’s not at all surprising. The 69-year-old coach has a deep appreciation for football history and often will light up when discussing players and tactics of decades past.

“Oh, I learned a lot. It was a great experience,” Belichick said in November 2019 of working on the NFL 100 project.

“I watched a lot of film of players in the (19)30s, the 40s, the 50s and the 60s … and it was very enlightening studying the great players in different eras and how the game was played.”

His enthusiasm for the project clearly showed, and as a result, Belichick now can add a Sports Emmy somewhere in his trophy case alongside those eight Lombardi Trophies (six with the Patriots and two with the New York Giants as a defensive coordinator).

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