Bill Belichick talks about being a dependable teammate

December 5, 2017 / CoachingFootball
Five-time Super Bowl champion football coach Bill Belichick returned to his hometown of Annapolis, Maryland, this summer. While there, he stopped by his former high school and offered some words of advice to the football team.

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NFL Films recently released some video of Belichick’s trip to Annapolis High School, where the New England Patriots coach talked about consistency and dependability amongst teammates. Belichick is often close-lipped around the media, so hearing his thoughts on being a good teammate was a treat.

Here is the advice Belichick offered to Annapolis head football coach Nick Good-Malloy and his players:

“It’s trust. What you want is you want to trust each one of your teammates — the guy sitting next to you, the guy sitting behind you, the guy sitting across from you. You want to be able to trust that guy to do his job, and you want him to be able to trust you do to yours.

“How do you get that? Do you talk about it? No, you earn it. You earn your teammates trust by your performance and your consistency every day. It’s not being selfish, it’s not about what they can do for you. It’s what you can do for them. You can’t talk about it: ‘I got your back’ … You got to earn that by doing something for your teammate every single day. And the first thing you have to do is show your them that you’re committed to the team. That’s what a good teammate does.

“Earn that trust through dependable performance. Nobody can give it to you, you can’t buy it, you can’t talk about it. You got to go out there and earn it. It’s a process, and it’s day after day after day after day.”

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