By Phillip B. Wilson, The Indianapolis Star

FOXBORO, Mass. — Ted Marchibroda used to buy Bill Belichick breakfast every morning.

Belichick was a 23-year-old "sponge who absorbed everything," Marchibroda recalls, and this quiet kid called "Billy" was only too happy to be along for the ride. He drove the Baltimore Colts' head coach and assistants Whitey Dovell and George Boutselis to work each day in 1975. Didn't even own the car. The new Chrysler belonged to the boss.

This was Belichick's NFL start. A free room next to three coaches at Howard Johnson's. Free eggs and a $25 weekly wage to break down opponents' defensive tendencies.