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Bill Belichick: 'Hard to picture' being linked with coaching legends

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. -- If the New England Patriots beat the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII, Bill Belichick will join George Halas and Curly Lambeau as the only coaches to win six NFL championships since postseason play began in 1933.

Belichick enters the game tied with Vince Lombardi, with five titles, which puts him in esteemed company.

“It’s hard for me to really picture that. They’re such great, legendary coaches,” Belichick said. “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 then added one more coach to the discussion.

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

Belichick’s 11th Super Bowl appearance (eighth as a head coach) is the most of all time, with Dan Reeves (seven) next on the list. The Super Bowl will also be his 39th playoff game as a head coach, which too is an all-time high.

Belichick is the last head coach to lead his team to back-to-back Super Bowl championships (XXXVIII and XXXIX). If the Patriots win, they would become the ninth team to repeat, and join the Pittsburgh Steelers as the only franchise to accomplish the feat twice.