Boston Herald Coverage of Bill Belichick Announcement

Move over Morgan Freeman, there’s a new narrator in town.

Bill Belichick will be lending his voice to an hour-long film about World War II called “D-Day: Over Normandy.” It’s directed by Rhode Island native Tim Gray and will be airing on PBS.

“Growing up in Annapolis, Maryland, where my father coached football at the United States Naval Academy, I understand the importance of preserving the memory of those who served our nation during World War II,” Belichick said in a statement. “Every day of my childhood, I was immersed in the tradition of the United States Navy. I was, and remain, inspired by their discipline, teamwork and courage, especially the sailors who fought on D-Day and in the Pacific theater, where the U.S. Pacific Fleet sacrificed so much for ultimate victory.

“The Navy, Army, Air Force and Marines made one heck of a team in World War II.”

On the fim’s website, it’s described as, “A unique production in that it relies primarily on only drone aerial shots of many of the important Allied objectives on June 6, 1944 as the liberation of western Europe got underway.”

Belichick has never been shy about his deep reverence for the American military, and went in depth at a press conference on the anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

The decision to cast the coach was an easy one.

“First and foremost, Bill Belichick has been an active supporter of the World War II Foundation since we produced the first of our films in 2006,” said Gray. “Coach Belichick understands our mission because he is a student of military history and is very proud of the service of his own father, Steve, who served in both Europe and the Pacific in World War II.”

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