Former Giants QB Recalls Drilling Bill Belichick In The Head With A Football
Before Bill Belichick was the world famous Sith Lord he is today, he bounced around the NFL filling various roles that would eventually prime him to be one of the greatest head coaches in any sport in history. In 1984, Belichick, at the spry age of 33, was the defensive coordinator for the New York Giants.
At the same time, Jeff Hostetler was the Giants’ third-round draft pick out of West Virginia. As a rookie quarterback, Hostetler spent his days on the scout team going up against Belichick’s defense. Hostetler, who spent 14 years in league, recently recalled a funny story where he drilled Bill Belichick in the melon.
Via Pro Football Talk:
“Well, I would run a little bit of the seven-on-seven for the defense. And Belichick would always have these cards out and he would show us what he wants us to do. And then he would turn where the center would be, he would turn and he would watch his defense. And so we were running all these crossing routes . . . and so all of a sudden, we’re running these crossing routes, and he stands right there where the center is. I drop back, and it’s a two-yard crossing route. And I drill it to the guy.
“Well, all of a sudden, Bill’s head is right in the way. It hits him in the head. His papers fly everywhere. The ball flies everywhere. Everybody stops and it’s like, everything just went quiet. It’s like, ‘Uh-oh.’ And then he starts ripping into me and yelling at me and grabbing his papers. After that was over with, I had almost every defensive player come up to me and say, ‘Hey, great job, Hoss. Great job.’ And it was like, I was accepted. . . . Belichick hated me after that, but my only response to him was, ‘Well, don’t stand there.’”
I hope to never upset Bill Belichick: