Belichick's Father Passes

News breaks about the passing of Bill Belichick's dad during his post game press conference.

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick has a lot of things on his mind at this time of the year. Most of those are football related. At today's post game press conference, the head coach announced the passing of his father, Steve, and understandably excused himself from the post game Q&A.

Belichick's father has been a significant influence on the Patriots head coach over the years. Belichick addressed the media before excusing himself to take care of personal matters. Here are the coach's comments from today:

Personally, I coached this game with a heavy heart. My Dad passed away. I found out about it in the middle of last night. Obviously, he had a tremendous influence on my life personally and, particularly in the football aspect, it was great to be able to share the tremendous memories with him and some of our recent successes, as I did when I was a kid when he was successful as a coach of the Naval Academy and that program. Yesterday he did what he enjoyed doing. He went and watched Navy play, watched them win. Some of his former players were there. He had dinner and I spoke with him after the game. And like he normally does Saturday night, sitting around watching college football, and his heart just stopped beating. So I'm sure that's the way he would have wanted it to end. He went peacefully, which is unusual for him.

So Dante (Scarnecchia) will take over here in my absence for this part, or whatever part of the week that ends up being. And that's how we'll do it.

Okay. That's it. Thank you.

More on the availability of coach Belichick and the teams reaction will be provided once the team issues their statement which is expected later in the day. Steve Belichick was 86 when he passed away.

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