Bill Belichick gave his Super Bowl hotel room to Lawyer Milloy before upsetting Rams

Lawyer Milloy celebrates Sunday in Pittsburgh after an AFC Championship Game win in 2002.
Lawyer Milloy celebrates Sunday in Pittsburgh after an AFC Championship Game win in 2002. –John Bohn/The Boston Globe

After the New England Patriots arrived in New Orleans for Super Bowl XXXVI in 2002, Bill Belichick’s thoughts, presumably, were on his first Super Bowl appearance. He’d play — and defeat — the 2001 St. Louis Rams coined “The Greatest Show on Turf.’’

Veteran Patriots safety Lawyer Milloy, however, was hung up on a hotel room, according to The Washington Post.

Here’s an except from The Post’s story titled, “All football, Bill Belichick leaves his narrative to his friends and enemies.’’

At a walk-through practice, Milloy explained to Belichick that he had heard first-year defensive tackle Richard Seymour beaming about how spacious his room was. Milloy could barely squeeze luggage into his. What was up with a rookie scoring a bigger room than a veteran? “Really, Lawyer?’’ Belichick responded. Belichick was already trying to prepare a two-touchdown underdog to face the St. Louis Rams; he didn’t need another headache.

When Milloy returned to the team hotel after practice, a concierge greeted him with a key to a new room: “Big as hell,’’ Milloy recalled, and with a panoramic view of Bourbon Street, a Jacuzzi and, oddly, a treadmill in the corner.

At the Patriots’ team dinner that night, Belichick approached Milloy. “How do you like that room, Lawyer?’’ Belichick asked.

“It’s cool,’’ Milloy replied. “But I don’t know why they put that treadmill in there.’’

“That’s because it was my room,’’ Belichick said.

It wasn’t the only surprise up Belichick’s sleeve that week. The Patriots shocked the Rams by taking a 14-3 lead at half in the Super Bowl, and went on to win it, 20-17.


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