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Cutoff sweatshirt disciple Sean Payton praises Bill Belichick’s functional fashion sense

There are countless reasons why NFL head coaches should emulate Bill Belichick, but for his fashion sense presumably wasn’t one of them.

But New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton recently became a disciple of the New England Patriots head coach’s shabby chic choice of sideline attire, specifically how Belichick rocks a sweatshirt with the sleeves cut off at mid-arm.

Payton was spotted on the sideline during last Thursday’s 28-10 win over the Carolina Panthers rocking Belichick’s trademark look (above), giving rise to the suspicion that there’s no one else other the Belichick who could have inspired the wardrobe choice.

Sure, the cut-off sweatshirt lends to a rather unkempt, somewhat sloppy appearance, but to hear it from Payton, it’s function over form all the way when it comes to the fashion-backward look.

“Here’s the deal. I finally realized why (he does it),” Payton said, via the New Orleans Advocate. “They’re sized where the sleeves come up so the sleeves aren’t quite long enough and they start (bunching).”

Payton was even rocking the look during a meeting with reporters recently.


So Belichickian.

The look has become nearly as iconic as the coach himself, inspiring the Patriots team store to sell replica sweatshirts to celebrate Belichick’s birthday, albeit ones without the sleeves cut off. That’s up to the individual purchaser of the item.

Heck, a game-worn Belichick cut-off sweatshirt once sold for over $4,000 at auction.

Payton insists he has no qualms about continuing to seek inspiration from Belichick or the Patriots, whether on the field or off it, in the future.

“I don’t have a problem emulating him or what they do,” Payton added.

Sure, the Patriots coach may never be deemed a fashion icon, Given Belichick’s football pedigree, it’s not a bad idea.

[H/T Eye on Football]

(top photo credit:Grant Halverson /Getty Images, other: New Orleans Advocate)