As the clock hits zero, and the Super Bowl confetti drops, families rush onto the field to be with their new champions. It's been happening for years and it never gets old to watch. Over the last decade, nobody has experienced that adrenaline rush more than Linda Holliday.
Holliday, the longtime girlfriend of New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick, has been by his side for the last three Lombardi Trophy presentations, watching NFL history unfold every step of the way. Both of them had a life before they met, but they are as happy as ever.
Many identify Belichick as the hard-headed Patriots coach who wears a hoodie and led quarterback Tom Brady to six championships over the last 20 years, yet there's so much more to the story. Holliday knows that more than anyone, too.
Bill Belichick's Girlfriend Linda Holliday
It's hard to accurately pinpoint what Bill Belichick is like on a day-to-day basis, especially what his hobbies are outside of dominating the National Football League for two decades, from afar. He never truly dives much into his personal life. Yet, the one thing most people would suspect the 69-year-old stays away from is actually where he met Linda Holliday.
Back in 2007, a couple of years removed from a divorce with his ex-wife, Belichick and Holliday were at the same Florida night club one night. He was there just having a good time, and she was enjoying a girls night out.
As the story goes, the two talked, and Belichick, being the sly guy he is, actually sent flowers to her the following day.
"Thanks for the wonderful evening," the card supposedly read.
The rest is history.
Holliday, a former beautify pageant contest, was reportedly dating someone else at the time, but broke it up to be with Belichick, and the two have been together ever since. They take vacations in the offseason together.
She is currently a businesswoman and the executive director of the Bill Belichick Foundation.
Did They Secretly Get Married?
Does Bill Belichick have a wedding ring on? pic.twitter.com/CVsAM9fSPJ
— Dale Arnold (@DaleEArnold) August 13, 2021
In August 2021, speculation swirled that Belichick and Holilday secretly tied the knot.
NESN's Dale Arnold tweeted a picture of Belichick wearing a ring on his ring finger on his left hand. The incident happened during a preseason contest against the Washington Football Team. How could the most famed NFL coach get married without anyone noticing?
According to NJ.com, the ring isn't all that big of a deal. It could be a smart ring from a fitness company. Plus, Holliday has "been wearing a ring on that finger since as early as 2018."
Then again, no one ever is two steps ahead of Belichick. Maybe he did elope.
Linda Holliday's Twin Daughters
Linda Holiday has twin daughters from a previous relationship. Ashley and Kat Hess run a fashion blog in the United States called "The Hess Twins" and are active on social media with nearly 25,000 followers on their Instagram account.
Bill Belichick's Kids
Bill Belichick has three children with ex-wife Debby Clarke Belichick. The American football coach was also linked to a relationship with former New York Giants secretary Sharon Shenocca before meeting Linda Holliday.
Amanda Belichick, the oldest sibling, played lacrosse at Wesleyan University. After years as an assistant coach, she is now the head women's lacrosse coach for Holy Cross College in Massachusetts.
Stephen Belichick, the middle child, played lacrosse and football at Rutgers. Steve served as the Patriots' secondary and safeties coach for four years before coaching the outside linebackers.
Brian Belichick, the youngest, also played lacrosse at Trinity College and was a scouting assistant for the Patriots' front office before becoming the safeties coach.
Steve Belichick and his brother Brian Belichick, the sons of Patriots coach Bill Belichick, smiled and pointed to some friends in the stands who were calling out to them about two hours before kickoff.https://t.co/JRb4jgrCGo pic.twitter.com/WzjcaEHOiH
— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) February 4, 2018
Before winning AFC East titles and Super Bowls, Bill Belichick grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, and attended Annapolis High School. He's worked with the Baltimore Colts, Detroit Lions, Denver Broncos, New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and New York Jets during his Hall-of-Fame career.
Belichick, undoubtedly one of the greatest coaches in NFL history, has served as the head coach of the New England Patriots since 2000 and built a net worth around $60 million.
These days, all of Belichick's family is close and girlfriend Linda Holliday remains happily at his side.
This post was originally published on April 17, 2020.
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