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01-30-2008, 09:10 AM

If Bill Belichick (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/b/bill_belichick/index.html?inline=nyt-per) can be judged by the company he keeps, then his relationships with Jim Brown, the legendary football player, and Bill Russell, the epitome of winning, provide an intriguing insight into a man few outsiders know.
Bill Belichick invited Bill Russell to speak to the Patriots after their first Super Bowl title. What he said surprised them.

The tie that binds them is an initiative that Brown began two decades ago when he founded his Amer-I-can Foundation, which works with gangs and youth throughout the United States to end violence by boosting self esteem, providing jobs and promoting self-worth and personal responsibility

Belichick was an early and enthusiastic Amer-I-can supporter. It’s fitting that as New England goes for its fourth Super Bowl (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/subjects/s/super_bowl/index.html?inline=nyt-classifier) championship, Jim Brown will be in Arizona celebrating the 20th anniversary of his foundation and starting a related Peacemakers initiative that Belichick and Russell have also joined along with the former heavyweight champion George Foreman (http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/f/george_foreman/index.html?inline=nyt-per)