Bill Belichick admits to a strong aversion to coffee
Bill Belichick has long been one of the hardest-working head coaches in the NFL, but the six-time Super Bowl champion does not receive an early-morning charge every morning in the way most people start their day.
During an appearance on WEEI’s “Ordway, Merloni & Fauria” this week, the New England Patriots head coach admitted that he simply does not like coffee.
“Because I don’t like coffee,” Belichick replied in his signature flat affect tone when asked why he doesn’t drink coffee, per the New York Post.
“Look, I mean I understand I am probably missing it, but I just don’t like coffee. I can’t stand the smell of coffee. I don’t like coffee ice cream and I like every sweet that has ever been made but that’s not one of them. I don’t like coffee flavored anything. I don’t know. I just don’t have the taste for it. I’ve tried, but just doesn’t work for me. My grandmother put a glass of milk and poured like probably a thimble of coffee and I couldn’t even drink that. It’s just one of those things I didn’t develop a taste for.
“Nothing against coffee. Nothing against Dunkin’ Donuts. Nothing against anything, it’s just not for me. I don’t have a taste for scotch either.”
What is perhaps most fascinating about Belichick’s soliloquy on his lifelong aversion to coffee is not his distaste for a cup of joe itself but the sheer breadth of his commentary. Given how notoriously tight-lipped the curmudgeonly coach can be about any number of topics, the fact he spoke extensively when hating on coffee is really something.
When co-host Christian Fauria, who was on the Patriots from 2002-05, asked Belichick about how he charges his batteries every day, the frequently ornery Patriots boss came up with an interesting response.
“I drink orange juice,” Belichick responded. “I can drink tea. I like tea. I’ve got a lot of other vices to make up for it so that’s one of the few I don’t have.”
Orange juice of course lacks the caffeine boost of coffee, but imagining Belichick sipping on some Earl Gray in the wee hours of the morning ahead of an 18-hour workday surely is an amusing sight to contemplate.