Bill Belichick: Entrepreneur

Bill Belichick: Entrepreneur
By Keith Allison from Baltimore, USA (Bill Belichick) [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

With last night’s incredible win over the Atlanta Falcons, Bill Belichick won an NFL-record fifth Super Bowl as a head coach. This feat is made all the more incredible by the era in which he won it, with a salary cap and various other mechanisms put in place to make it harder for dynasties to last.  While the hay day of the Steelers and Cowboys were built on a core group of skill players (Franco Harris and Lynn Swann for Pittsburgh, Emmitt Smith and Michael Irvin for Dallas), the Patriots had a different leading receiver every Super Bowl season, and four different leading rushers.

Bill Belichick

Belichick is also one of the rare head coaches in the NFL who serve as their own general manager. While every coach dreams of having the power to “buy the groceries”, as Belichick’s mentor Bill Parcells described it, few coaches have had much success doing so in recent history. Only the Bengals’ Marvin Lewis plays a similar dual role within the organization.

Belichick’s ability to thrive in the modern NFL makes Belichick not only America’s greatest football mind, but one of its greatest entrepreneurs.

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