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Bill Belichick tells his kids to ‘follow your heart’, admits his dad told him ‘not to get into coaching’ 02.01.17 at 10:37 pm ET
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Bill Belichick speaks Wednesday at team Super Bowl LI headquarters in Houston. (Mike Petraglia/WEEI.com)

HOUSTON — Imagine if Bill Belichick had taken the advice of his dad.

He would not be coaching the Patriots in a seventh Super Bowl this Sunday. As a matter of fact, if he listened to former Navy assistant Steve Belichick, he wouldn’t be coaching at all.

Belichick will conclude his 42nd year in the NFL this Sunday, most of them with some sort of coaching responsibility. But when asked Wednesday what advice he had for his children, all of whom have followed in his coaching footsteps, Belichick turned philosophical.

“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,” Belichick said, only partly in jest.”

Belichick’s oldest children, Amanda, is a women’s lacrosse coach at Holy Cross. Stephen is the safeties coach for the Patriots while Brian is a coaching assistant.

Belichick often recalls the days when he was getting paid $25 a week to run off mimeographs for Ted Marchibroda and other coaches on the 1975 Colts. So, he was very aware that sometimes children follow in the steps of their parents because of a passion for what they’re doing instead of trying to choose the most financially beneficial track.

“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,” Belichick said. “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. They are in what they do because that is what they want to do, it is not my decision. 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.”

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Bill Belichick reminds Suffield Academy grads that there’s ‘no I in team’ 05.28.11 at 9:59 am ET
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Patriots coach Bill Belichick delivered the commencement address for 127 graduating students and their friends and family Friday morning at Suffield Academy in Connecticut.

Belichick, a parent of graduating senior Brian Belichick, stressed the importance of working hard and being a team player in his address, reminding students that over the past 10 years, no team in any one of the four major sports could boast an MVP on their roster.

‘€œThere’€™s no ‘€˜I’€™ in team, but there is an ‘€˜I’€™ in win,’€ he said, according to this Masslive,com story. ‘€œThat stands for individual achievement. You need to do your job, because without it, there’€™s no leadership.’€

Belichick told students that they should always do what’€™s right for the team, whether or not they want to do it.

‘€œThe greatest leaders I’€™ve coached just go out there and do their job with a good attitude,’€ he said.

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