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5 Greatest Bill Belichick Quotes of All Time

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Bill Belichick's Greatest Quotes

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Bill Belichick spoke at the combine on Friday and the media swarmed, as they tend to do when the best coach in the league steps up to talk about evaluating a new crop of NFL talent. When Stephen Hawking talks astrophysics, you listen. When Martin Scorsese talks film, you listen. When Bill Belichick talks football, you listen.

Part of his brief address included a not-nearly-long-enough reflection on his 30 years of attending the NFL combine, including a vivid memory of his second one. He recalled watching Refrigerator Perry doing the vertical jump in the middle of an almost completely dark Arizona State field, remarking how far the fan and media coverage of the combine has come since then.

Those are the kind of stories that die-hard football fans live for, and the kind that Belichick rarely shares.

Many have opined over what a shame it is that one of football's most brilliant, successful minds deemed long ago that sharing his wisdom with the fans and the media was somewhat of an unnecessary chore. Although, it seems Mark Twain would disagree. The great American storyteller once wrote this to a student:

“I notice that you use plain, simple language, short words and brief sentences... Stick to it; don’t let fluff and flowers and verbosity creep in. When you catch an adjective, kill it. No, I don’t mean utterly, but kill most of them — then the rest will be valuable. They weaken when they are close together. They give strength when they are wide apart."

Behind the scenes in production meetings and newsrooms and studios across the country, former players of Belichick speak of his legendary coaching in a reverent way that is almost always reserved for Hall of Fame speeches or intimate story-telling with family and friends. When it comes to the three-time Super Bowl Champion head coach, his former students of the game can almost never contain themselves. If you listen to them speak of him, you would consider him a brilliant speaker and motivator of men. Clearly, he figured out a long time ago that brevity does not have to infer impudence.

If we listen long enough and hard enough, the man that many dub a 'genius' offers anecdotes and insights that are worth all the mind-numbing, one-word answers and haughty press conference dismissals that fill the large majority of his public communication.

So, here are five of Belichick's greatest quotes. Relish them, football fans. Relish them.

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5. The Banner

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"Fellas, you see that banner up there to the left? That’s Russ Francis. He’s one of the best tight ends that ever played in this game. I coached against him a lot, and you always had to game plan for that guy. I’ll tell you that right now… Someday, a couple of you guys are going to have banners hanging from that stadium too. Alright? Let me tell you something, this guy was a hell of a football player and he’s what the Patriots are all about." -- Bill Belichick

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4. The Trophy

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"What this trophy stands for is the team. This is what it symbolizes. Not the guy who leads the league in punting, not the guy who’s got 15 sacks, not the guy who’s got 1,200 yards rushing. This represents the team. That’s the toughest, smartest, most confident team… in the end, the reason why you won is because you identified the situation, you heard the call, and you did your job. And that’s what execution is about. This game is about execution." -- Bill Belichick

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3. The Believers

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“These players, a lot of other people didn’t believe in them, but they believe in themselves. And that is all that matters.” -- Bill Belichick

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2. Champions

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"For a team to accomplish their goal, everybody’s got to give up a little bit of their individuality. And that’s what these players did and that’s why they’re champions." -- Bill Belichick

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1. Strength of the Wolf

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“There is an old saying about the strength of the wolf is the pack, and I think there is a lot of truth to that. On a football team, it’s not the strength of the individual players, but it is the strength of the unit and how they all function together.” -- Bill Belichick

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Bonus Quote: The Fashionista

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"How 'bout that, on the same day; best dressed and worst dressed huh? Seriously, ESPN. Yeah. Ahead of Rodman. Venus Williams. The guy from Tennessee wears an orange blazer in the basketball games. They threw me ahead of him too!" -- Bill Belichick