Rob Gronkowski is in Miami for Super Bowl weekend, hosting a beach party on the eve of the big game. That isn’t really a surprise. What is a surprise is one of the attendees.
Gronkowski clearly keeps in touch with his former coach, because Bill Belichick, along with his girlfriend Linda Holliday, made a surprise appearance at Gronkowski’s beach party on Saturday afternoon.
This is the first Super Bowl weekend Belichick has had off in four years. There is absolutely no question that he hates that. On the other hand, he’s free to attend the Gronk beach party, so who’s really winning here? The only question at this point is how wild things get once the Patriots coach gets partying.
Belichick has been a bit chilly to Gronk’s post-retirement publicity stunts and announcements in the past. Now that the coach doesn’t have any games to obsessively gameplan for the next several months, he can kick back, relax, and indulge a bit.
Bill Belichick has created a persona for dealing with the media that has led to the perception that he is a grouch. Despite that persona, we have learned the guy actually does have fun sometimes.
Take for instance how Belichick celebrated his 300th career NFL win, which he achieved in the New England Patriots’ win over the Cleveland Browns last weekend. Belichick’s girlfriend Linda Holliday shared photos on Instagram of the coach celebrating with balloons, a cake, and what appeared to be some bubbly.
Sure, Belichick may bust his players’ balls regularly, but he does enjoy himself from time to time. We even saw him smile during a game this season, though that was for an even better reason.
His Patriots being 8-0 to start the season is giving him plenty of reasons to be happy, though he won’t be truly satisfied until they win the Super Bowl at the end of the year.
Linda Holliday is at the Super Bowl to cheer on her boyfriend Bill Belichick’s team, and she’s wearing some cool custom gear.
Holliday showed off her special customized jacket in a post on Instagram. The jacket has “Belichick” spelled across the back, as well as two Patriots logos. The Super Bowl LII logo is on the jacket as well.
Take a look:
According to TMZ Sports, Holliday got her custom Patriots/Belichick gear from Bella Artistry. The jacket supposedly has 3,500 crystals on it, which is incredible.
Holliday and Belichick have been together for around 10 years. Belichick was previously married to ex-wife Debby, with whom he has three children.
Linda Holliday, the girlfriend of New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, has a custom outfit prepared for Super Bowl LI.
Holliday ordered a custom-made crystal hoodie for the game that says “Belichick” across the back:
Belichick and his ex-wife divorced in 2006 after being married for nearly 30 years. He met Holliday in 2007, so they’ve been together around 10 years. She is now the director of the Bill Belichick Foundation.
Holliday also has two daughters — twins Ashley and Katie Hess — who are also Patriots fans:
If they win the Super Bowl, you can expect Belichick and Holliday to be caught smooching like they were after the AFC Championship Game.
How did Bill Belichick celebrate his seventh Super Bowl berth? By smooching his girlfriend, Linda Holliday.
The New England Patriots head coach was shown by CBS’ TV cameras in a good mood and celebrating after his Patriots beat the Steelers 36-17 to win the AFC Championship Game. He gave a hug and kiss to Holliday, and the public display of affection was shown on TV.
That’s very unlike Belichick, who has mastered the art of publicly appearing to be a robot.
Given how many victories and championships he has won in his illustrious career, one might be inclined to think New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick never sleeps. That may be true when he’s at home, but we now know one place Belichick goes when he needs a little shut-eye.
With his team on a bye over the weekend, Belichick was spotted snoozing on the Nantucket ferry with his girlfriend Linda Holliday:
Belichick owns a home on the island of Nantucket, which is located about 25 miles off the coast of Massachusetts. If you’re a huge Larry David fans like LB and I, you may have heard of it in the HBO movie “Clear History.”
That may be Bill Belichick in the most human form you will ever see him. You just know he was watching film and studying for next weekend’s game on that laptop, but even the wicked need rest every now and then.
If we knew Belichick was going to fall asleep in public, we would have guessed it would have been more at a time like this. Even the most boring sports figures can surprise us sometimes — by being boring, I guess.
H/T Barstool Sports
When I think of Bill Belichick’s infamous hooded sweatshirt as it pertains to his and Linda Holliday’s relationship, I like to think it is something the three-time Super Bowl champion coach’s girlfriend only lets him wear during games. I envision a closet full of hoodies with the sleeves cut off and Holliday saying something like this about them.
“Don’t put any of those things NEAR my clothes!”
Maybe I’m wrong. Belichick also wears the trademark hoodie when he works out. On Monday, Holliday posted a photo of her and her boo hitting the weights. Belichick was in midseason form with his wardrobe selection.
Now that I think of it, Linda did once rock a “Ms. Belichick” jersey on the sideline during a game. Belichick was wearing the hoodie when she did that. She must dig it.
H/T SI Hot Clicks
The New England Patriots wanted to leave Miami with a victory over the Dolphins on Sunday, but they came up just short. It looks like Bill Belichick had a nice consolation prize.
A Barstool Sports reader submitted the photo you see above, which supposedly shows Belichick’s girlfriend Linda Holliday wearing a “Ms. Belichick” jersey. I can’t think of anything that seems more unlike Belichick than having a personal cheerleader on the sideline, but the guy has been known to surprise us sometimes.
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If you saw the way Belichick and Holiday dressed on Halloween, you would know they enjoy having a good time. Hopefully Linda was able to cheer Bill up after the Brutal loss.
The New England Patriots have countless pre-snap play calls with dozens of different names. Like many of the game’s great quarterbacks, Tom Brady is given the liberty to change the play or call out protections as he sees fit. He does this quite often. The question many people are wondering heading into the Thanksgiving holiday is this — do the Patriots have a play call named after Bill Belichick’s girlfriend?
In this video on NFL.com, you can barely make out one of Brady’s teammates saying “cougar, cougar” just before the ball is snapped and thrown to Rob Gronkowski for a 6-yard touchdown. After the player appears to say “cougar,” Brady can clearly be heard yelling “Linda!” Belichick’s girlfriend, as many of you know, is the lovely Linda Holliday. She was recently asked about the play.
“Well, since it was obviously a good call and a well-executed play, I’ll take a tiny bit of credit — but only for a well-named play,” Holliday told the Boston Herald’s Inside Track. “Seriously, the whole team played hard and we all couldn’t be happier, right?!?”
Hey, she didn’t deny it. Urban Dictionary defines a cougar as “a 35+ year old female who is on the ‘hunt’ for a much younger, energetic, willing-to-do-anything male.” Bill Belichick is older than Holliday and he’s certainly not energetic. But is he willing to do anything? Did you see what he did in overtime the other night against the Denver Broncos? I think that answers that question.
H/T Around the League