There’s a world of surprises in Bill Belichick’s family history – New England Patriots News

There’s a world of surprises in Bill Belichick’s family history – New England Patriots News

Dig deep enough into a family’s history and surprises can abound.

In the case of Bill Belichick, research reveals that the Super Bowl-conquering Patriots coach shares bloodlines with presidents (Grover Cleveland and William Taft), financial titans (Warren Buffett and J.P. Morgan), an actor (Clint Eastwood), an astronaut (Alan Shepard), a radical abolitionist (John Brown), a singer (Harry Chapin), and a sex industry magnate (Hugh Hefner).

From the White House to the Playboy Mansion, from Wall Street to outer space, from Hollywood to the gallows where Brown was hanged for treason after killing proponents of slavery and attacking a federal arsenal, Belichick’s forbears have helped to shape a nation and its culture much like he has left his mark on American football.

—James Abundis/Globe Staff
President Grover Cleveland was Bill Belichick’s sixth cousin, three times removed. —File
Apollo 14 commander Alan Shepard, a distant cousin of Bill Belichick, was the fifth American to walk on the moon.File/NASA
Clint Eastwood, a 10th cousin of Bill Belichick, was as gruff as the Patriots coach in “Dirty Harry’’. —The Everett Collection
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