The New England Patriots hosted “Dinner with Coach” in June that I attended with my good friend.
Q&A with Coach Belichick. I asked: “How important is the Wonderlic test and IQ for scouting and draft picks?” BB: “First, IQ isn’t football intelligence. I’ve coached guys with 1550 SATs who can’t figure stuff out on the field. We’ve had single digit Wonderlic score guys who had good Football IQ. Also, Concentration isn’t IQ but it has the same effect. Lack of concentration causes mistakes and is a red flag. Sometimes medication can help. Sometimes it can’t. Reading intelligence which the Wonderlic measures is different from spatial or visual cues. We look at a variety of measures to judge intelligence but we like smart players.”
“I watched the Giants growing up. Are the Giants teams you coached still the recipe for today’s team? Isn’t Gronk the modern version of Mark Bavaro? Edelman – Phil McConkey?” BB: “First, Mark Bavaro is at the top of the list for tight ends. I coached against him everyday at practice. He competed every day vs. Carl Banks, Lawrence Taylor, Pepper Johnson and those guys. Epic battles. McConkey got a late start and was really a returner. Edelman does more and is starting receiver. The other thing about Mark is that he is a quiet guy. Gronk is….” crowd laughed.
He is a minister, and leads the Office of Student Development, which oversees all student organizations at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is an alumnus of Wake Forest (BA, 1972) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (MDiv, 1977) He was the president of Sigma Chi while a student at WFU. President Ford, when he was still in Congress, spoke at his son’s commencement.
According to Wikipedia:
|Spouse(s)||Gayle Ann Brumbaugh (m. 1974)|
|Children||Sarah Joyce Ford-Goodfellow
Rebekah Elizabeth Ford-Cooke
Hannah Gayle Ford
|Relatives||John Gardner Ford (brother)
Steven Ford (brother)
Susan Ford Bales (sister)
Charles Henry King (great-grandfather)
Gerald Ford, Sr. (step-grandfather)
Dorothy Ayer Gardner Ford (grandmother)
Leslie Lynch King, Sr. (biological grandfather)
Thomas Gardner Ford (half-uncle)
Place of birth: Leesville, Louisiana
High school: Leesville (LA)
College: Louisiana State
Chicago Bears (2013−2014)
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2015)
Atlanta Falcons (2015)*
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2015)
Saskatchewan Rough Riders (2016)
I met Michael a few years back as he lives just one town over. He named his daughter Samantha too.
Here are links to LinkedIn for Michael
– Present (3 years 1 month)Boston, MA
– (2 years 7 months)Massachusetts, US
Product Management and Competitive Analysis in the Network Security industry for Intrusion Prevention and DDoS Defense.
– (4 years 5 months)Massachusetts, US
Software solutions for the Healthcare industry for measuring and improving IT security, privacy of patient data, and quality of care.
– (3 years 5 months)Massachusetts, US