Former New England Patriots running back Kevin Faulk sat down and spoke with The Times-Picayune via NOLA.com earlier this week and discussed his life as an NFL athlete and as a member of the New England Patriots with former Cincinnati Bengals running back Charles Alexander. As many remember, Faulk helped the Patriots to three Super Bowl Championship as a member of Bill Belichick’s Patriots (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX), but, that does not mean that Faulk never saw just how different his former head coach was when it came to social situations.
During the interview with Alexander, Faulk was asked by Johnson as to whether or not Bill Belichick “seems like a weird guy?” Faulk responded by telling the story of how Belichick didn’t say hello to him in the hallways of the Patriots’ practice facility for more than three seasons, until one day, Belichick recognized Faulk and said hello to him.
“You’re right about weird,” Faulk said with a laugh. “We all know as a player you want to try and figure your head coach out to make your stay there better. For about 3-4 years it was like, ‘Who is this guy?’ We’re the Louisiana guys, when we walk in the halls we’re going to tell each other good morning. ‘Good morning, how’re you doing?’ Well, you walk in the hallway and say, ‘Good morning, Coach.’ Nothing being said, he walks right by.
“OK, so 2-3 years pass by,” Faulk said. “He’s walking and I’m still saying good morning. ‘Good morning, coach.’
“‘Good morning, Kevin.’ . . . Whoa, stop, stop, stop. ‘Stop, coach.’
“‘What’s going on, Kevin?’
“‘Coach, you realize we’ve been walking in this same hall for however many years and this is the first time you said good morning?’
“‘Ah, my bad, Kevin.’ And he walks away.
Here is a video of the conversation between Faulk and Alexander.
Whether or not you hate the New England Patriots or Bill Belichick, you almost have to admire just how awkward Darth Belichick makes day-to-day social interactions with players and conversations with the media. People in New England will always argue that the brain of Bill Belichick is the most genius mind since that of Albert Einstein, and while Belichick may not be the most gifted person when it comes to social interactions, its stories like this that make the average person appreciate his greatness and his dedication to winning. It’s not all that often that you hear about drama and beef occurring inside the Patriots locker room between players and coaches, and that is because Bill Belichick forces every player and team employee to always be on their toes whenever he walks into the room. Hate on Belichick all you want and criticize the way he handles the media as much as you desire, but his methods both as a coach and as a person have produced more wins and more Super Bowls than any other team in the NFL since he took over the reigns in New England.
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