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HC Bill Belichick Still Remains the Most Intimidating Figure for Patriots Legend Years After Retirement

Published 06/30/2022, 6:51 AM EDT

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Former Patriots WR Julian Edelman played for the team for 12 long seasons. Drafted in 2009, he was one of the NFL’s most productive post-season receivers by the time he retired. The 3x Super Bowl champion throughout his career was under HC Bill Belichick. Fans consider the legendary HC to be one of the best coaches in the league and has a formidable reputation.

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Recently appearing on a podcast, the retired WR spoke about the aura of Belichick and how he still feels around the Patriots’ HC. For him, Belichick generally leaves a powerful impression on both people who know and don’t know him.


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Why did Edelman say he’s afraid of Bill Belichick?

Edelman spoke about meeting Belichick every time he goes to the Patriots, and he had something surprising to say about his experience meeting the HC. The WR said, “I’m over here, I’m sitting on eggshells – I’m still scared of the guy, I don’t even play for him. He’s like the Emperor or something.”

He said that he still found the Patriots’ HC to be an extremely intimidating figure.


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Edelman referred to a conversation he had with the Patriots’ coach recently. The latter had watched his shows and commented about the retired WR talking about Belichick on TV. He said that the HC asked him the point of their meeting if Edelman ultimately went on TV and spoke about the veteran HC.

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The WR also referred to the legendary coach as “Star Wars” villain Emperor Palpatine. Fans also know Belichick as the originator of the coaching philosophy popularly called the Patriot Way.

Belichick throughout his coaching career


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Belichick is one of the most successful coaches in the NFL. The veteran has won a record six Super Bowls over his 30-year career as head coach. He has spent over two decades in the New England Patriots and has won all his Super Bowls leading the Patriots set up and their GOAT QB Tom Brady.

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Belichick coached the Patriots to a winning streak of 21 consecutive games, including the postseason, between 2003 and 2004. In 2018, he joined Marv Levy (4) and Don Shula (3) as part of an elite group of NFL head coaches. All of them led their team to three consecutive Super Bowl appearances.


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Belichick’s successes have been remarkable over the years. It is probably because of the very aura and respect he inspires among players, which has taken his team to the pinnacle of success multiple times.

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Prithwiraj Gupta

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Prithwiraj Gupta is an NFL author at EssentiallySports. He has completed his Master's in History from Pune University. The contact aspect of the NFL made him interested in the sport.

Edited By: Deepika Bhaduri