Bill Belichick to narrate documentary 'D-Day: Over Normandy'

Bill Belichick and his father Steve celebrate New England's win over Philadelphia in Super Bowl XXXIX. Steve Belichick served in both Europe and the Pacific in World War II. AP Photo/David J. Phillip

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick's appreciation and knowledge of history is well documented, and along those lines, he will narrate a one-hour documentary this offseason titled "D-Day: Over Normandy."

The film is from the World War II Foundation (based in Rhode Island) and Tim Gray Media.

"First and foremost, Bill Belichick has been an active supporter of the World War II Foundation since we produced the first of our films in 2006," Gray said in a statement. "Coach Belichick understands our mission, because he is a student of military history and is very proud of the service of his own father Steve, who served in both Europe and the Pacific in World War II."

The film is scheduled to air in the spring of 2017 on PBS stations around the country.

"Growing up in Annapolis, Maryland, where my father coached football at the United States Naval Academy, I understand the importance of preserving the memory of those who served our nation during World War II," Belichick said in a statement. "Every day of my childhood, I was immersed in the tradition of the United States Navy. I was, and remain, inspired by their discipline, teamwork and courage, especially the sailors who fought on D-Day and in the Pacific theater, where the U.S. Pacific Fleet sacrificed so much for ultimate victory. The Navy, Army, Air Force and Marines made one heck of a team in World War II."