Bottom line: With six Super Bowl wins, Bill Belichick stands alone.
His first head coaching gig, with the Cleveland Browns, ended after five years with 36 regular-season victories and a lone playoff win, ironically, against the New England Patriots. But after famously ditching the New York Jets one day into his tenure as coach and taking the reins of the Patriots in 2000, Belichick hasn’t looked back.
After his first season with the Patriots ended at 5-11, Belichick replaced quarterback Drew Bledsoe with Tom Brady in 2001 and beat the St. Louis Rams in an emotional Super Bowl XXXVI, the first played after the 2001 World Trade Center terror attacks, with Adam Vinatieri’s game-winning 48-yard field goal as time ran out. A dynasty was born.
Belichick now has put together 19 consecutive winning seasons. He has amassed a .683 winning percentage and 273 regular-season wins.
The Patriots won Super Bowls XXXVIII and XXXIX in back-to-back seasons. Belichick and the Patriots authored a perfect 16-0 regular season in 2007, and only lost Super Bowl XLII after Eli Manning and David Tyree connected on the miraculous "Helmet Catch" during the Giants’ final drive. They fell to the Giants again in Super Bowl XLVI four seasons later when the Giants scored with less than a minute to play.
Belichick led the Pats to a dramatic comeback win over the Seattle Seahawks as the Pats scored 14 unanswered points in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLIX after the 2014 season. That set the stage for Super Bowl LI and the largest comeback in Super Bowl history. The Patriots, trailing by as many as 25 points to the Atlanta Falcons, rallied to tie the game at 28 with 19 points in the fourth quarter, then won everything on a James White touchdown run in overtime.
The Patriots returned to the big game again after the 2017 season and lost to the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII. It was a record eighth trip for a head coach. The Patriots returned to the Super Bowl after the 2018 season and beat the Los Angeles Rams, giving Belichick a record sixth Super Bowl title.
Belichick, known for wearing sleeveless Patriots hoodies on the sideline, has a record 43 playoff appearances and a record 31 playoff wins. He is the epitome of a football coach, and his bust in Canton is secure whenever he decides to hang up his whistle.