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Video: Bill Belichick's Dog Joins HC for NFL Draft After Viral 2020 Appearance

Jenna CiccotelliAnalyst IIIMay 2, 2021

New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick during an NFL football game against the New York Jets, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)
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Bill Belichick might be losing out on the services of his longtime football research director, Ernie Adams, but he had his most valuable assistant by his side on the last day of the NFL draft.

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Belichick brought his dog back to the war room 😂 (via @Patriots) https://t.co/86yEPIIYC2

Nike, an Alaskan Klee Kai that was adopted by Belichick and his longtime girlfriend Linda Holliday in 2018, became a viral star during last year's draft, when the cameras went to the war room and found him sitting in the head coach's chair

He must have impressed last season, because in the video, Belichick consulted him before making the team's seventh-round pick. The team ultimately selected wide receiver Tre Nixon out of Central Florida at No. 242 overall. 

Depending on how Nixon's rookie year pans out, Nike could earn a promotion before the 2022 draft.