Bill Belichick praises work of high school coaches

November 27, 2015 / CoachingFootball
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick is a difficult man to please, but high school football coaches are among those that impress him most.

New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick on Thursday praised the work done by our nation's high school football coaches. | Photo: Keith Allison, Wikimedia Commons
New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick on Thursday praised the work done by our nation’s high school football coaches. | Photo: Keith Allison, Wikimedia Commons

At the conclusion of Thursday’s press conference, Belichick offered praise for both the media and prep football.

Here are some of his comments as reported by NBC Sports.

“I’ll jump in there and just wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving,” Belichick said. “I appreciate the professional way that this group covers us and being the conduit of information from the team to the fans. We have great fan support.

“Today is also a day to be recognized with the high school football level with so many traditional and rivalry games taking place. Having been at high school and played in those games myself, we always had a traditional Thanksgiving Day game between Annapolis and Severna Park, and I know how important that was to the teams, the families and really the whole school body that supported us. It’s such a good traditional way to capture and bring a lot of things together — family, community, friendship — and do it in a competitive way but also in a way that bonds friendship and community support. And just recognizing the high schools, the great job the coaches and those programs do to develop players that eventually become our players and how impactful they are to our players.

“When I talk to players at the [scouting] combine in the spring and so forth usually the two most influential people for kids are their parents or in some cases one parent and then the high school football coach or maybe a junior high school football coach — somebody who mentored them along the way or kind of helped them develop as young men. All of us who have had that opportunity have certainly gained from it and taken from it. So just reaching out to them with our level of appreciation for what they do for kids that we eventually see at this level and for all the support that the parents and the families and the high schools gives those teams and those players and how it brings everybody together. And again, thanks to all of you for taking time on your Thanksgiving morning to accommodate us, and we look forward to seeing you out in Denver. Happy Thanksgiving.”

It’s good to see arguably the best coach in the NFL acknowledge the work done by coaches in our nation’s high schools. Young athletes carry those influences with them throughout their lives, so character development is incredibly important at the prep level.

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