Bill Belichick via OMF opens up on 'NFL 100 All-Time Team' experience: 'It was awesome'

By WEEI 93.7

Last Friday night was the debut of the "NFL's All-Time Team" program on NFL Network, which Bill Belichick is part of with Cris Collinsworth and Rich Eisen. This is part of the 100th anniversary season.

The three are joined by special guests to discuss the results of a 26-person panel who crowned the NFL's All-Time Team – the roster of 100 players and 10 coaches named "The Greatest" at their respective positions.

Speaking on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria Monday, Belichick opened up on the experience.

“It was a fantastic experience," he said. "Just being part of the whole process was honestly a once in a lifetime opportunity. To be able to talk to the great players and some of the great people in the game and their perspective on it. Some of them I know fairly well, or pretty well, and others I either knew a little bit or just met. It was awesome. I can’t put it into words. It was a great honor to be involved in that and a great thrill to be part of the program of revealing who the players were and be able to talk about some of those guys.”

Belichick, who was also part of the voting process, said the toughest thing was all the different eras and players in the 20s, 30s and 40s playing on both sides of the ball.

“The toughest thing about the whole process is really comparing two-way players to one-way players," he said. "The two-way players that played through, let’s call it the mid-40s, to even some degree the late 40s, but at that point it really became one-way football. So you have a great receiver, a great quarterback, or a great defensive back, or a great linebacker. Then how do you compare them to a player who was a two-way player who was maybe not as good at the specific skill that a player in later years had, but was an all-around player — played on everything, played on special teams, played on offense, played on defense?

"It’s kind of apples and oranges. The great players in the earlier years probably weren’t as skilled as the players that have played in let’s call it the modern era, the one-way players. There’s a lot of one-way players that could not have played both ways."

The series runs for the next five weeks on NFL Network each Friday night.