Since Scott Pioli was hired by the Hunt family to lead the Kansas City Chiefs, we have been given small windows into the world of the former Patriots VP of player personnel. Today, Bill Reiter delivers the most in depth look into the life and career of Pioli to date.
Pioli’s journey from obscurity to the spotlight begins decades ago in upstate New York, where his father tries as hard to teach his son about life as he does to provide a good one.
“The thing he and my mom always impressed on me was, ’I don’t know what you’re going to do. I don’t care what you do. Just be happy, Don’t come home from work like me.’ ”
Those are the words of a weary man who knows the meaning of working for a living. The 60-mile drive into the city to work for Western Union, where he’d pull cables, wires and mainframes and haul them through soot and heat and dirt, brought no joy.
To impress on his son that this was not the life he should lead, Ron Pioli occasionally took Scott into his world. A bring-your-son-to-work day meets “Scared Straight.” It was dirty. Hot. Brutal.
“It explained why my dad used to come home at night like he did,” Pioli remembers quietly. “Knowing that this is what you’re going to do for the rest of your life.”
It’s from this perspective — thoughts of soot and sadness and the words “don’t come home from work like me” — that Pioli lumbers from one looming influence to another.
“So I went to college. And I met Bill Belichick through a friend …”
Just an amazing read. Click the link, print out the whole thing and read it start to finish when you have a while to finish it in one sitting.
When Pioli has given interviews he’s been very open, but this is the first time I’ve seen all phases of his life packaged into one story. I mean, when you have Bill Belichick giving a lengthy interview, you know it’s worth your time.