dangolka (CBS) — An emotional Invoice Belichick spoke to the media on Thursday morning, simply two days after his mom, Jeannette, handed away on the age of 98.
Earlier than taking soccer questions from reporters, Belichick instructed PR director Stacey James that he’d wish to make a gap assertion. Belichick expressed because of everybody who reached out to specific their sympathy, and he went on to share the love that he had for his mom.
“Everyone has a sure relationship with their mother and pa, however you realize as an solely youngster, I used to be particularly near my dad and mom,” Belichick stated. “My mother and I spent a number of time collectively. She was a fantastic girl and I actually discovered just about all the things from my dad and mom. After which, you realize, together with her love that she gave to the love that she gave to her grandkids — to Amanda, Steve and Brian — was extremely particular to me as properly. So I admire everybody’s ideas and condolences. She had nearly 99 years, so a really lengthy and blissful life. So she will likely be with my dad now.”
Belichick thanked fellow head coaches Pete Carroll and John Harbaugh for his or her public expressions of sympathy, whereas noting that plenty of different individuals — some associates, some full strangers — reached out as properly.
“Simply to thank everybody who’s reached out and expressed their sympathy and condolences for my mother, particularly Pete had some actually a fantastic phrases, and John Harbaugh, and plenty of others that I do know — associates, soccer individuals and truthfully, many individuals that I’ve by no means met or contacted earlier than,” Belichick stated. “So I do actually admire the assist there.”
Belichick’s father, Steve, met Jeannette at Hiram Faculty. And whereas Invoice credited his father’s life as a coach and scout for guiding his personal profession path, the long run Corridor of Famer has at all times credited his mom for his love of studying.
Belichick stated that his mom’s data of seven languages was spectacular. He expressed some remorse for not having the ability to develop those self same language abilities, lamenting that he solely is aware of “un peu” French.
“We had a really shut relationship there. My mother was actually type of an instructional individual,” Belichick stated. “She was excellent in school after which after school, she labored for the maps service throughout World Warfare II and translated European maps as a result of she spoke seven languages — properly, it was six at the moment. She didn’t know Croatian [yet]. However she was concerned within the translation of maps through the battle effort after which got here again and taught languages at Hiram after the battle, beginning in 1945. So sadly these language abilities didn’t rub off on her son, and one language is de facto about all I’ve. However, she inspired me to do the issues that I wish to do. She was very supportive of these. I want I may have been higher in within the area that she was excellent at. I attempted that for some time however I simply didn’t simply didn’t have it in all honesty.”
Belichick additionally defined how his weekends watching soccer as a toddler have been at all times spent alongside his mom.
“Yeah, properly, she was a really unselfish individual and sacrificed rather a lot for her household,” Belichick stated. “And so in fact me personally and I admire and love her for that, and plenty of different issues. However my dad was away rather a lot on scouting journeys, and so I at all times type of grew up together with her on the weekends, on soccer weekends at house. So we watched a whole bunch of video games collectively, whether or not it was Navy video games or hearken to them on the radio or watch different video games that have been on TV and so forth when my dad was away on Friday evening, Saturday and, typically Sunday morning, relying on how far he needed to journey for the video games that he was scouting. So soccer season for me as a child was, you realize, my dad getting house late through the week, and my mother on the weekends to observe soccer video games. And in order that was, we turned very shut and shared these experiences collectively.”
Belichick continued: “The one time actually that I noticed my dad through the finish of the sport week was the Military-Navy sport. After which when he obtained house later at evening, after I was older I used to be in a position to keep up and see him. And if I stayed out of hassle, I’d get to do one thing with him later at evening. However I simply didn’t wish to act badly for my mother and have her flip me in, which she didn’t do fairly often. Regardless that I used to be deserving of it.”