BILL BELICHICK FIRED- 21 YEARS AGO -VALENTINE’S DAY 1996

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Yesterday was the 21st anniversary of the Cleveland Browns [the original franchise not the dumpster fire that is the Cleveland Browns of today} firing of their Head Coach Bill Belichick. Belichick was the head coach in Cleveland for 5ive years and had a 36-44 record. The Browns made the playoffs in one of those seasons. They were 5-11 when he was fired and on their way to becoming the Baltimore Ravens.

Being a Steelers fan I followed the Browns closely, listening to the all-sports station from Cleveland on a regular basis. It seemed at the time that Belichick in his first head coaching job was not a finished product. He made mistakes in Cleveland and the most important thing is- unlike a lot of people- he learned from his mistakes. He got his second chance in New England in 2000 and the rest is history. Belichick is arguably not only the greatest coach in the history of the NFL but possibly in the history of American sports. 5ive Super Bowl Championships, seven Super Bowl appearances. He turns 65 in April and shows no signs of retiring. Bill Belichick’s first job in the NFL was as an assistant for the Baltimore Colts. He made $25 a week.

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