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It's not your average team meeting with a three-time Super Bowl-winning head coach in the room. That's what the Jones County Junior College football team got when they saw Bill Belichick walk through the door.

"The moment I walked in the meeting room, his presence was felt," recalled Bobcat receiver Taylor Higgason, "You try to put yourself in the meeting room with him, but you can't get over how big he is and who he is."

Belichick, the head coach for New England, has guided the Patriots to three Super Bowl titles, and fell just short of winning two more in 2008 and 2012. On Tuesday, he shared some advice with Bobcat players prior to his scheduled event in Hattiesburg later that evening.

"We just talked about football, the game, the opportunity it brings, and how to make the most of it," shared Belichick. "They asked some great questions, and it was fun. I always consider it an honor to talk to somebody else's team."

Belichick began coaching in the NFL in1975, but credits a lot of his success to the current head coach of JCJC- Ray Perkins. 

"I appreciate everything he did for me and my family, and the opportunity he gave me a long time ago," said Belichick on Tuesday afternoon at the JCJC football facilities, "He's been a great friend, and I learned an awful lot from him about discipline, consistency, team work, and really a focus and attention to detail, which are a lot of his strengths."

Perkins, a one-time head coach for the New York Giants and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, hired Belichick to his staff in 1979. Belichick remained with the Giants until he received his first head coaching job with Cleveland in 1991. 

"Things I learned from (Ray Perkins) made me a better coach, a better person, and it was a great opportunity to be on his staff and learn from him," said Belichick, who spent the evening at Lake Terrace Convention Center for an event sponsored by JCJC.

The event featured Belichick, with a special appearance from former MVP quarterback Brett Favre. Belichick, a sure first-ballot Hall-of-Famer, will begin his 13th season with the Pats in September.

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