Dont'a Hightower has unique perspective on Bill Belichick-Nick Saban documentary

Ryan Hannable
December 13, 2019 - 10:55 am

FOXBOROUGH -- HBO and NFL Films' documentary "Belichick & Saban: The Art of Coaching" debuted on Tuesday night.

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Patriots linebacker Dont'a Hightower has one of the best perspectives of anyone as he played for both coaches -- Nick Saban at Alabama and now Bill Belichick in New England. He was able to see it, and speaking in the locker room Thursday he shared his thoughts.

“I thought it was really good,” he said. “I thought that it spoke a lot about what those guys meant to each other and how much of an effect they have on not just one another, but their families, as well, and just kind of understanding what football is. A lot of times people just see the — no disrespect — but the (Sean) McVays of the world. They see the razzle-dazzle stuff. A lot of times, you don’t necessarily understand and appreciate — obviously not in this circumstance with Bill and Nick — but understand and respect the hard work that comes with starting from the bottom and understanding how things work.

"A lot of guys get things handed to them. Those guys really started from the bottom, whether it be a (grad assistant) or on special teams. Those guys worked hard, and it doesn’t really surprise anybody with the experience and success that they’ve had.”

Hightower has benefited from playing for them with two college national championships and three Super Bowls.

“I couldn’t have been blessed enough to play for two better head coaches,” he said.

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