By Jay Betsill
ESPN Films’ Peabody and Emmy award-winning 30 for 30 series’ latest endeavor is “The Two Bills,” featuring legendary football coaches Bill Belichick and Bill Parcells being interviewed together for the first time since 1991 and it is a can’t miss for any fan of the NFL.
“The Two Bills” is directed by Ken Rodgers and produced by NFL Films and premieres Thursday, Feb. 1, at 8 p.m. CT on ESPN.
“The Two Bills” begins with two of the greatest coaches in the history of the NFL arriving to the New York Giants locker room at MetLife Stadium and the next 90 minutes traces the relationship between the two men both in and out of the game of football.
The documentary spans over four decades through all the ups and downs of their legendary careers, including some memorable games when they were on opposite sides of the field, they forged a bond that few men of their stature have ever experienced.
— ESPN Films 30 for 30 (@30for30) December 24, 2017
Belichick and Parcells have fans who each love and detest the two of the them, but there is no denying their accomplishments and the respect they each have earned from their time in the NFL. This documentary doesn’t hold back on anything, diving directly in on the insanity of their time together with the New York Jets that followed their stints with the New York Giants and New England Patriots.
One of the many takeaways from this very well made film is that the two Bills don’t exist as we know them without each other.
“To say that Bill Belichick and Bill Parcells have strong personalities would be a huge understatement,” said Rodgers. “When we set out to make this film, our number one goal was to find out how these two strong-willed coaches, with such determined individual viewpoints, could work together for as long as they did. But by the time we were done, we couldn’t imagine them not working together for all those years. Their histories and philosophies are more intertwined than we could have imagined. We’re thrilled they chose to share that history with all of us.”
The documentary features interviews with Lawrence Taylor, Robert Kraft, Romeo Crennel, Charlie Weis, Scott Pioli, Ty Law, and more.
It will be available on VOD and in the ESPN App immediately following the conclusion of the film on February 1.
“The opportunity to tell this story wasn’t one we had to think twice about – rarely do two legends with such great history sit down and open up,” said ESPN Films vice president and executive producer Libby Geist. “Ken’s style of letting their interview guide the narrative in ‘The Two Bills’ is something we think football fans won’t be able to turn away from.”