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The Softer Side of Bill Belichick: Inside the Patriots Coach's Warm and Fuzzy(ish) Life with Girlfriend Linda Holliday

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New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick isn’t always patrolling the sidelines in a hooded sweatshirt while sporting a curmudgeonly scowl.

It turns out there’s a snuggly side to the five-time Super Bowl-winning coach — at least sorta — which he showed off in a story and photoshoot with girlfriend Linda Holliday at their Nantucket home.

“She’s the rose next to the thorn,” Belichick, 65, told Nantucket Magazine of his partner of 10 years.

The pair told the publication that Nantucket provides the perfect home base for their nearest and dearest.

“No matter what everybody is doing during their busy lives, Nantucket is where family comes together as a unit again,” Holliday said of their affection for the upscale Cape Cod island.

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Holliday, 54, also showed off the gruff coach’s softer side during the interview, opening up about one of Belichick’s hidden talents.

“He can sing. And he can sing well,” she told Nantucket. “You won’t hear it. You won’t see it. But he can sing well.”

Holliday has never been shy about her affection for her beau and his team. For the Super Bowl last February, Holliday even ordered a custom-made Swarovski crystal hoodie — with “Belichick” bedazzled on the back.

Kerry Brett/Nantucket Magazine

And that’s not her only bold game-day fashion choice. In October she posted this picture to Instagram of a hat with “‘Do Your Job’ BB” in blue, sparkly writing on the brim.

Holliday also told Nantucket Magazine that she has two of her own custom-engraved Super Bowl rings to match Belichick’s.

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The Patriots made history in February in their stunning, come-from-behind victory against the Atlanta Falcons — and even the famously all-business Belichick admits he took a little extra time to savor that win.

“When the last game turns out like it did this year, or like it turned out two years ago — or, you know, I’ve been involved with seven championship seasons — those last a little bit longer,” he told the magazine. “At some point you’ve got to move on from them, but you can hang on a little bit longer.”