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Bill Belichick: ‘It’s hard to picture’ joining ranks of legendary NFL coaches

Bill Belichick’s arguably unparalleled coaching pedigree in the modern era without question speaks for itself. But to have his name being bandied about with the likes of Vince Lombardi, Curly Lambeau and George Halas? Belichick admitted it’s humbling being included in such an esteemed pantheon.

“It’s hard for me to really picture that. They’re such great, legendary coaches,” Belichick said, via ESPN. “I don’t really see myself … I don’t think of it that way. I just think of how great they were, what they meant to the game and what they accomplished. And how much respect I have for them.”

Belichick enters Super Bowl LII showdown with the Philadelphia Eagles tied with Lombardi with five championships. A victory Sunday would put Belichick in the rarefied air of Lambeau and Halas as the only coach to have six titles to his name since postseason play began in 1933.

Belichick made sure to pay tribute to another great among NFL coaches, the legendary Paul Brown, who won three NFL championships in the 1950s with the Cleveland Browns.

“I’d certainly put Paul Brown in there, for all that he has done for this game,” Belichick said. “When you’re talking about all the great coaches, I don’t see how you can leave him out of it.”

Belichick, regardless of the outcome of Super Bowl LII, is without question among the most greatest NFL coaches ever to patrol a sideline. And if the Patriots win? Belichick will assume his rightful spot as the greatest coach of the NFL’s Super Bowl era, if not all-time. A mind-blowing statistic documenting Belichick’s Super Bowl dominance establishes as much.