The New England Patriots’ Bill Belichick has a chance to add yet another trophy to his already-impressive collection of awards and accolades.
There really isn’t any feat that Belichick hasn’t reached in the sport of football. After winning eight Super Bowl championships — six with the New England Patriots and two with the New York Giants as a defensive coordinator — the greatest and smartest coach in the history of the NFL has another chance at winning some hardware.
Belichick was recently nominated for the Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Sports Personality for his work in creating the NFL Network’s NFL 100 All-Time Team.
Belichick is nominated as a studio analyst — along with Troy Aikman — and is one of the 12 nominations that the NFL Network received this year. While on the set with hosts Cris Collinsworth and Rich Eisen, Belichick provided expert insight and knowledge of the history of the game as it has evolved over the past century.
On top of experiencing his expert football analysis, it also served as a way for the NFL world to see the outgoing and fun type of personality that Belichick has, rather than the somewhat arrogant persona that always seems to be perceived of him.
You know the one — the same persona that has led us for years to watch him take the podium after a game to watch the media scavenge like cockroaches to unsuccessfully get more than a few sentences out of him.
It was also great to see Belichick interact with some of the most historic and iconic players the NFL has seen over the last 100 years. Players like Roger Staubach, Jim Brown, Emmitt Smith, Ray Lewis, Lawrence Taylor, and Randy Moss all expressed the same great amount of gratitude and appreciation to Belichick as he did to them when breaking down their play styles for the NFL 100 All-Time Team.
One of the greatest moments of the series was when Tom Brady joined the show, as he and Belichick both made the NFL 100 All-Time Team. What made it so great was that Belichick was part of every game of Brady’s career and he was able to see all of the success firsthand, as he and Brady became the best quarterback-head coach duo in NFL history together.
This was Belichick’s response when Eisen asked if he thought he would have been an Emmy-nominated person after doing this NFL 100 All-Time Team, per The Rich Eisen Show:
"“I wouldn’t have believed that, I would have laughed that, that would have been a good joke. But that was such a great experience, I love those days and that whole experience of revealing the NFL top 100. It was really a highlight to do that with you [Rich Eisen] and Cris [Collinsworth] and all the players that participated. Great experience, one I’ll never forget, and I’ll always cherish that time and the entire production of it. Another great job by NFL Films.”"
This wasn’t the first time Belichick has been on screen for the NFL Network. In fact, it seems as if he only does programs and series like this if it is produced by NFL Films.
In 2014, NFL Films came out with a documentary called “Do Your Job: Bill Belichick and the 2014 Patriots,” after Belichick and the New England Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl XLIX in what was one of the most dramatic finishes in Super Bowl history.
It would be great to see Bill Belichick add a Sports Emmy Award to his already-full trophy case.