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Jan 28, 2019; Atlanta, GA: New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick during Opening Night for Super Bowl LIII at State Farm Arena. (Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports)

By Matt Dolloff,

Bill Belichick may have a future as an analyst, after all. The Patriots head coach is drawing rave reviews for his work on the NFL 100 All-Time Team special, and he himself had plenty to rave about.

Belichick addressed the media for the first time at 2019 training camp on Wednesday in Foxborough. As part of his opening remarks, he spoke at length about his experience as an analyst. Host Rich Eisen revealed this week that Belichick, along with Sunday Night Football color commentator and ex-NFL receiver Cris Collinsworth, joined him as analysts on the upcoming specials.

Here are Belichick’s full remarks on his experience:

“Just a quick comment on the NFL Top 100 project – I guess there’s some things that have been released as a part of that promotion or whatever exactly it is, I’m not sure. I’d just say it was a great honor for me to be a part of the selection process and be a part of the show. There are obviously thousands of great NFL players and coaches, legends, involved in the game. Many of whom I’ve watched or observed or studied throughout my entire life. So, it was a tremendous process. Very difficult in terms of the selection but it was, again, a great honor to be a part of it and to go down and be at NFL Films and see that operation was extremely impressive. They do a great job of preserving the history of the game. It’s extremely well run, professional. They have great resources and I think they’ve done a tremendous job in their presentation of the game. Kenny Rodgers, the Sabol family, the entire NFL Films group. Just being on set with Chris [Colinsworth] and Rich [Eisen] was a great honor, a great thrill, and many of the other legends that were there with us, so that was something I’ve never been a part of and was very insightful and certainly gave me a greater appreciation for this great game and what the National Football League has accomplished and the individuals that have written the stories over the last 100 years. It was a great experience for me.”

Belichick worked with NFL Films for the NFL All-Time Team series, which along with the NFL 100 Greatest specials will anchor the league’s extensive programming plans to commemorate its 100th season.

Eisen, Collinsworth, and Belichick will host six specials where they break down the selection of the All-Time Team, which will include 100 players and 10 coaches deemed “The Greatest” at their respective positions, according to a news release. Eisen gushed about Belichick’s work as an analyst, which may surprise those who only know him as the terse curmudgeon who doesn’t suffer fools in any of his press conferences.

It will be quite interesting to see what Belichick says about Tom Brady when the Patriots quarterback makes his inevitable appearance on the All-Time Team.

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