- Bill Belichick’s son Stephen (Steve Belichick) has been coaching in the NFL since 2012 and has been the Outside Linebackers Coach for the Patriots since 2020.
- During Tom Brady’s return to Foxborough in the 2021 season, Steve Belichick was filmed ‘tongue wagging’ on the sidelines of the game.
- It was a moment that instantly became a legendary NFL meme and GIF and here he tells the backstory of how it all played out.
Steve Belichick is one of those figures in the NFL whose stardom really seems to outshine his role on the field. He has been the Outside Linebackers Coach for the New England Patriots since 2020 and coaching with the Patriots since 2012. But if you were to ask NFL fans about him, many would answer ‘Bill Belichick’s son, the guy from the tongue wagging gif‘.
The now infamous tongue wagging moment came during the 2021 NFL season. Tom Brady returned to Foxborough Stadium for the first time since leaving the New England Patriots. And at one point in the game, the camera panned to Steve Belichick on the sidelines who was tongue wagging like Jim Carrey with cottonmouth in Me, Myself, & Irene.
Steve Belichick joined former NFL defensive end Chris Long on Long’s Greenlight podcast. And Steve was given the opportunity to explain what happened in that moment and how it all played out. Here’s his answer with his quotes below if you’d rather read than watch a clip.
Steve Belichick Shares Story Of His Legendary ‘Tongue Wagging’ Moment
This YouTube video should start at the moment where Steve Belichick discusses the tongue wagging:
Here’s a shorter version (quotes below as well):
Steve Belichick talks about playing the Bucs and Brady in 2021 and how that game brought about the infamous tongue gif
— Green Light with Chris Long (@greenlight) June 15, 2022
Here are Belichick’s full quotes
Steve Belichick: “I got killed after that game. I became a gif and you know everyone loves to see that. I was just thinking a lot and try to stay ahead of it.
I’ll never forget after the game my wife and Pat Chung, they were sitting together watching the game and they just kind of put their arm around me like it’s going to be okay. Like, what the f**k are you talking about?”
Can we talk about the Christmas tree in the background???
Steve, my man, it is the middle of June. It has been 174 days since Christmas. That’s 15,033,600 seconds, or 250,560 minutes, or 4176 hours, or 24 weeks and 6 days.
With all due respect, Steve Belichick, have had AMPLE time to take that Christmas tree down. At this point I can only assume it’s left up as a novelty similar to the glorious mullet on his head.
What are NFL fans saying about this Steve Belichick clip?
It’s frankly creepy.
— EvilTomHanks (@EvilTomHanks) June 15, 2022
He really, truly sounds just like Bill. But that’s not at all weird given it’s his dad and they’ve worked together for a decade.
Steve looks like he eats live raccoon
— TamingoftheStu (@StuTamingofthe) June 15, 2022
I’m not sure Steve Belichick looks like he eats raccoon as much as his mullet actually looks like a raccon-skin hat. There’s a striking similarity between the two.
His voice makes me think Bill somehow cloned himself and raised the spawn so he can continue coaching forever. I like the Emperor-style, hoodied version we currently know, but the mulleted version will allow that voice to be in our lives for decades to come. #Belichick https://t.co/RZ0HtPHPFv
— Matt Butler (@ButlerinAustin) June 15, 2022
If Bill Belichick did figure out a way to clone himself we’re all in trouble.