The Army/Navy game means a lot to Bill Belichick. His father, Steve Belichick, coached at the Naval Academy from 1956 until 1989. There’s no one that appreciates the history of the rivalry more than Belichick. He’s also a freaky savant when it comes to his photographic memory of X’s and O’s.
In a pre-Army/Navy game interview with CBS’s Lesley Visser, Belichick sat down alongside 1960 Navy Heisman Trophy winner Joe Bellino for a piece about the game. When Visser asked Belichick if he remembered any of Bellino’s signature plays from his time spent hanging around his father, Belichick didn’t hesitate.
Instead, he grabbed a whiteboard and proceeded to flawlessly diagram a play, “27 F Trap”, one of the Heisman winner’s bread and butter plays. Belichick estimated the date of the play to 1959. Nineteen. Fifty. Freakin’. Nine.
Bellino confirmed the play was flawlessly drawn up, all the way down to accounting for his tendency to bounce it outside.
Belichick is a football wizard. This video is the football equivalent of watching Dustin Hoffman count the toothpicks in Rain Man.
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