With professional sports, the players get all the attention and glory, but we shouldn’t overlook the men behind the men: coaches are an integral part of the game, too! It helps that many of them started as players, too! Bill Belichick is one such figure, having coached for teams like the Cleveland Browns, the New York Giants and the New England Patriots, not to mention having started on the field himself!
Bill Belichick Net Worth: $35 Million
Belichick’s net worth is expected to be around $35 million. The one caveat to this is the fact that the Patriots like to keep the details of Belichick’s contract under wraps.
The Early Years
Born in Nashville, Tennessee, and raised in Annapolis, Maryland, Belichick has coaching in his blood, as his father, Steven Belichick, served as an assistant football coach at the United States Naval Academy. While attending Annapolis High School, Belichick played football himself, as well as lacrosse. After enrolling at Phillips Academy, he moved on to Wesleyan University, where he continued with football.
Upon graduation, however, he had other ideas than playing the game himself; he wanted to work on the other side of the field. In 1975, Belichick took a job as an assistant to Baltimore Colts head coach, Ted Marchibroda, worth $25 a peek. Working his way up the latter, by 1979, he obtained a 12-year job with the New York Giants with head coach Ray Perkins as a defensive assistant and special teams coach.
Starting in 1991, Belichick became the head coach of the Cleveland Browns, a position he kept for four years. In 1995, the team’s owner, Art Modell, announced he would move the franchise to Baltimore; while it was originally believed that Belichick would coach the Baltimore team, he was officially fired a week after the original announcement.
After a brief stint as assistant head coach and defensive backs coach for the New England Patriots in 1996, Belichick had two different shifts with the New York Jets towards the end of the decade. By 2000, he returned to the New England Patriots, effectively becoming the general manager as well. By 2007, his contract with the team had been extended, although the exact content of the deal is not known to the public. Proving beneficial to the team, the Patriots only missed the playoffs in 2000 and on tiebreakers in 2002 and 2008 under Belichick’s direction.
In 2007, however, Belichick became the subject of controversy after NFL security caught a Patriots video assistant taping the New York Jets against NFL regulation, causing Belichick to be fined $500,000, said to be the largest fine imposed on a coach in the league’s history, with the Patriots additionally being fined $250,000. Despite the incident, Belichick was awarded the 2007 NFL Coach of the Year Award by the Associated Press.