It’s finally fall in New England, which means a very important thing in the world of sports – football is back. The New England Patriots have been around more than 50 years, and over that time, they have taken home eight AFC titles and four Super Bowl championships. But even you diehard fans out there might not know these seven facts about the team.
The Patriots have actually gone through a couple of name changes to become the New England Patriots. From 1960-70, or the first decade of the franchise, they were called the Boston Patriots. In ’71, they adopted the Bay State Patriots, but quickly changed it due to worries over the abbreviation B.S. Patriots. Since then, they’ve played under the name the New England Patriots.
Pat the Patriot
Quarterback Tom Brady is undoubtedly one of the best players of his time. While he’s certainly headed to the Hall of Fame today, it didn’t always look that way. In the 2000 NFL draft, he was selected #199 overall and became the Patriots’ fourth-string quarterback. After injuries and a flat season-opening by Drew Bledsoe in 2001, Brady was able to show his caliber as a quarterback, and he has remained in the position ever since. Now, Brady has a record 22 post-season wins and has been named Super Bowl MVP three out of four championships that the Patriots have won.
Gillette Stadium in Foxboro didn’t become the Patriots’ home stadium until 2002. Before then, the team called a number of different stadiums home, especially in the early years. When they were still the Boston Patriots, they played at fields all over the city, including Fenway Park and Harvard Stadium.
Bill Belichick & Lacrosse
We know Bill Belichick as an incredibly smart football coach today. It’s not easy to be a Patriots player, as Belichick’s plays are complex, and the team itself expects a high rigor from each player. As absorbed as Belichick is in football, it didn’t always command all of his focus. In high school and college, he played both football and lacrosse and was captain of the latter, and at one point, he called it his favorite sport.
Gillette Stadium Sellout Streak
Robert Kraft bought the Patriots in 1994, amid a slew of losing seasons and disappointed fans across New England. Since this purchase, the team has not only drastically improved – and sustained – its good record, but every home game has sold out at Gillette Stadium. Under Kraft’s leadership, the team has also increased in value from $175 million to over $1 billion.
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