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Former teammate said Steve Belichick didn’t use his father’s name to get by

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Bill Belichick is regarded as arguably the best coach in NFL history and his son, Steve Belichick, is also making a name for himself with the New England Patriots. A former college teammate of Steve claims that he didn’t use his father’s name to get by.

Before Steve became a coach for the Patriots, he played lacrosse in college at Rutgers. Even though his last name was recognized by many, he didn’t let that get to his head when he was at Rutgers. Gerhard Buehning, Steve’s lacrosse teammate at Rutgers, instantly became friends with the long-haired Belichick.

“You could immediately tell he wasn’t one of those who thought his (expletive) didn’t stink, to be frank. You could tell right away — he was more of a salt-of-the-earth kind of guy,” Buehning said via Henry McKenna of Patriots Wire. “He always was trying to earn the respect of everybody else through his actions, and not really being like, ‘I’m Bill Belichick’s son. Get out of my way.’”

Following his time at Rutgers, Steve joined New England’s coaching staff in 2012 as a defensive assistant. Just like his father, Steve is enamored by the idea of coaching defense. When he played lacrosse, Steve was a defenseman, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that he favors the defensive side of the ball.

Just this past season, Steve was promoted to secondary coach for the Patriots, getting to coach the likes of Stephon Gilmore and Devin McCourty. Seeing that his father is essentially his boss, some people may believe that he acts entitled off of the field. On the contrary, Steve appears to have the same mindset as his father, earning his way up the coaching ladder.