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2007 New England Patriots season
New England Patriots
Year founded: 1960
Helmet Logo
City Foxborough, Massachusetts
Other nicknames The Pats
Team colors "Nautical Blue", "New Century Silver", Red, and White
Head Coach Flag of the United States Bill Belichick
Owner Flag of the United States Robert Kraft
General manager Flag of the United States Bill Belichick (de facto)
Mascot Pat Patriot
League/Conference affiliations

American Football League (1960–69) Image File history File links Soccerball_current_event. ... The 2007 New England Patriots season is the 38th season for the team in the National Football League and 48th season overall. ... // December 4 — Fukuoka Marathon, Japan Mens Winner: Barry Magee (NZL) 2:19:04 Stock car racing: Junior Johnson won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Rex White Indianapolis 500 - Jim Rathmann USAC Racing - A.J. Foyt won the season championship Formula One Championship - Jack Brabham of Australia 24 hours of... Image File history File links New England Patriots helmet, citing fair use. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Group of men drilling in football helmets A football helmet is a protective device used primarily in American football and Canadian football which was created by Paul Brown. ... Location in Norfolk County in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country State County Norfolk Settled 1704 Incorporated 1778 Government  - Type Open town meeting Area  - Town  20. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... William Stephen Belichick (born April 16, 1952 in Nashville, Tennessee) is the American football head coach for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Robert Kraft Robert K. Kraft, (born June 5, 1941 in Brookline, Massachusetts) is the owner of National Football Leagues New England Patriots and Major League Soccers New England Revolution, as well as the stadium where they play, Gillette Stadium. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... William Stephen Belichick (born April 16, 1952 in Nashville, Tennessee) is the American football head coach for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... The following is a list of mascots of National Football League teams: Categories: | ... Pat Patriot, mascot of the 3x Superbowl Champion New England Patriots, meets with Swoop, mascot of the Philadelphia Eagles. ... The American Football League (AFL) was a professional football league that operated from 1960 until 1969, when all of its teams were absorbed into the National Football League (NFL). ...

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Team history
  • Boston Patriots (1960–70)
  • New England Patriots (1971–present)
Championships
League Championships (3)
Conference Championships (5)
Division Championships (10)
Home fields

The New England Patriots, nicknamed the "Pats" by sports writers and fans,[1] are a professional American football team based in Foxborough, Massachusetts. The team is part of the Eastern Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The owners changed the name from the original Boston Patriots after relocating the team to Foxborough in 1971. American Football Conference logo. ... The AFC East refers to the Eastern Division of the American Football Conference of the National Football League. ... Throughout its history, the National Football League and other leagues have used several different formats to determine their league champion, including a period of interleague match-ups determining a true world champion. ... // This is a list of Super Bowl champions, that is, all the franchises that have won the championship game of the National Football League. ... The 2001 NFL season was the 82nd regular season of the National Football League. ... Date February 3, 2002 Stadium Louisiana Superdome City New Orleans, Louisiana MVP Tom Brady, Quarterback (New England) Favorite Rams by 14 National anthem Mariah Carey Coin toss George H. W. Bush and Roger Staubach Referee Bernie Kukar Halftime show U2 Attendance 72,922 TV in the United States Network FOX... The 2003 NFL season was the 84th regular season of the National Football League. ... Date February 1, 2004 Stadium Reliant Stadium City Houston, Texas MVP Tom Brady, Quarterback Favorite Patriots by 7 National anthem Beyoncé Coin toss Earl Campbell, Ollie Matson, Don Maynard, Y.A. Tittle, Mike Singletary, Gene Upshaw Referee Ed Hochuli Halftime show Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Outkast, P. Diddy, Kid Rock... The 2004 season of the National Football League (NFL) was the 85th one played by the major professional American football league in the United States. ... Date February 6, 2005 Stadium ALLTEL Stadium City Jacksonville, Florida MVP Deion Branch, Wide receiver Favorite Patriots by 7 National anthem Combined choirs of the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and U.S... The 1985 NFL season was the 66th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1996 NFL season was the 77th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 2001 NFL season was the 82nd regular season of the National Football League. ... The 2004 season of the National Football League (NFL) was the 85th one played by the major professional American football league in the United States. ... The 1978 NFL season was the 59th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1986 NFL season was the 67th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 1997 NFL season was the 78th regular season of the National Football League. ... The 2005 National Football League regular season began on Thursday, September 8, 2005 and ended on Sunday, January 1, 2006, New Years Day. ... The 2006 season of the National Football League (NFL) was the 87th one played by the major professional American football league in the United States. ... Nickerson Field is a stadium on the site of Braves Field, in Boston, Massachusetts the former home of the National League Boston Braves baseball team, now located in Atlanta, Georgia. ... Fenway redirects here. ... Alumni Stadium is a football stadium located on the campus of Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, approximately two miles west of Boston. ... Harvard Stadium is a football stadium in the Allston neighborhood of Boston, Massachusetts. ... For the present stadium in Foxborough, see Gillette Stadium. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Location in Norfolk County in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country State County Norfolk Settled 1704 Incorporated 1778 Government  - Type Open town meeting Area  - Town  20. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... The AFC East refers to the Eastern Division of the American Football Conference of the National Football League. ... NFL redirects here. ... Relocation of professional sports teams, is a common practice in North America but not at all common in Europe. ... See also: 1970 in sports, other events of 1971, 1972 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Richard Petty won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Richard Petty Indianapolis 500 - Al Unser, Sr. ...


An original member of the American Football League (AFL), the Patriots joined the NFL in the 1970 merger of those leagues. The team advanced to the playoffs four times before appearing in Super Bowl XX in January 1986, losing to the Chicago Bears. The team also appeared in Super Bowl XXXI in 1997, losing to the Green Bay Packers. The American Football League (AFL) was a professional football league that operated from 1960 until 1969, when all of its teams were absorbed into the National Football League (NFL). ... The AFL-NFL Merger of 1970 involved the merger of the two major professional American football leagues in the United States during the time: the National Football League (NFL) and the American Football League (AFL). ... Date January 26, 1986 Stadium Louisiana Superdome City New Orleans, Louisiana MVP Richard Dent, Defensive end Favorite Bears by 10 National anthem Wynton Marsalis Coin toss Bart Starr representing previous Super Bowl MVPs Referee Red Cashion Halftime show Up with People presents Beat of the Future Attendance 73,818 TV... See also: 1985 in sports, other events of 1986, 1987 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Geoff Bodine won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Dale Earnhardt CART Racing - Bobby Rahal Indianapolis 500 - Bobby Rahal Formula One Championship - Alain Prost of France 24... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue and Orange Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National Football... Date January 26, 1997 Stadium Louisiana Superdome City New Orleans, Louisiana MVP Desmond Howard, Kick Returner/Punt Returner Favorite Packers by 14 National anthem Luther Vandross Coin toss Past Super Bowl winning coaches: Hank Stram, Mike Ditka, Tom Flores, Tom Landry, Chuck Noll, George Seifert Referee Gerald Austin Halftime show... // World Artistic Gymnastics Championships: Mens all-around champion: Ivan Ivankov, Belarus Womens all-around champion: Svetlana Khorkina, Russia Mens team competition champion: China Womens team competition champion: Romania June 8 — Enschede Marathon, Netherlands Mens Winner: Dmitriy Kapitonov (RUS) 2:12:09 Womens Winner: Carla... Packers redirects here. ...


Between 2000 and 2005, the Patriots became the second team in NFL history (after the Dallas Cowboys) to win three Super Bowls in four years (Super Bowl XXXVI, XXXVIII, and XXXIX), and the eighth to win consecutive Super Bowls. Their success in the early part of the decade to present has prompted many to dub the team as a modern NFL dynasty. See also: 1999 in sports, other events of 2000, 2001 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Dale Jarrett won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Bobby Labonte Indy Racing League - Buddy Lazier won the season championship Indianapolis 500- Juan Pablo Montoya CART Racing... // Athletics Mens 100 metres - Asafa Powell of Jamaica sets a new world record of 9. ... City Irving, Texas Other nicknames Americas Team, The Boys Team colors White, Silver, Silver-Green, Royal Blue, Navy Blue Head Coach Wade Phillips Owner Jerry Jones General manager Jerry Jones League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1960–present) Eastern Conference (1960-1969) Capitol Division (1967-1969) National Football Conference... Date February 3, 2002 Stadium Louisiana Superdome City New Orleans, Louisiana MVP Tom Brady, Quarterback (New England) Favorite Rams by 14 National anthem Mariah Carey Coin toss George H. W. Bush and Roger Staubach Referee Bernie Kukar Halftime show U2 Attendance 72,922 TV in the United States Network FOX... Date February 1, 2004 Stadium Reliant Stadium City Houston, Texas MVP Tom Brady, Quarterback Favorite Patriots by 7 National anthem Beyoncé Coin toss Earl Campbell, Ollie Matson, Don Maynard, Y.A. Tittle, Mike Singletary, Gene Upshaw Referee Ed Hochuli Halftime show Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Outkast, P. Diddy, Kid Rock... Date February 6, 2005 Stadium ALLTEL Stadium City Jacksonville, Florida MVP Deion Branch, Wide receiver Favorite Patriots by 7 National anthem Combined choirs of the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and U.S... In sports, the term dynasty is often used to refer to a team that dominates their sport for a period of time. ...

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Franchise history

Further information: History of the New England Patriots and New England Patriots seasons

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1959–1969

On November 16, 1959, Boston executive Billy Sullivan was awarded the eighth and final franchise of the developing American Football League (AFL). The following winter, locals were allowed to submit ideas for the Boston football team's official name. The most popular choice—and the one that Sullivan selected—was "Boston Patriots". Immediately thereafter, Phil Bisell developed the "Pat Patriot" logo (see Logos and Uniforms of the New England Patriots). is the 320th day of the year (321st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... William H. Billy Sullivan, Jr. ... The original logo of the New England Patriots was a stylized depiction of a Revolutionary War tricorne hat. ...


Training camp started on July 4, 1960, two months prior to the franchise's first game.[2] On September 9, 1960, the Boston Patriots played the Denver Broncos in the first-ever AFL regular season game. The Patriots were defeated by a score of 13–10. The Patriots missed the AFL playoffs for their first three seasons. However, in 1963 the Patriots reached the AFL Championship for the first time; they lost to the San Diego Chargers 51–10. The Patriots failed to make it to the AFL playoffs for the rest of the decade. During this period Jim Nance was the American Football League's MVP in 1966.[3][4] is the 185th day of the year (186th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The Boston Patriots finished the inaugural American Football Leagues 1960 season with a record of five wins and nine losses, and thus were last place in the AFLs eastern division. ... is the 252nd day of the year (253rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... City Denver, Colorado Other nicknames Orange Crush (1977-1979 defense) Team colors Orange, Broncos Navy Blue, and White[1] Head Coach Mike Shanahan Owner Pat Bowlen General manager Ted Sundquist Mascot Miles League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Western Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American... The Boston Patriots finished the American Football Leagues 1963 season with a record of seven wins and 6ix losses and one tie, and finished tied for first in the AFLs Eastern division. ... From 1960 to 1968, the American Football League determined its champion via a single playoff game between the winners of its two divisions. ... Chargers redirects here. ... James S. Jim Nance (December 30, 1942 - June 16, 1992) was a fullback with the Boston Patriots during their days in the American Football League. ... In American sports, a Most Valuable Player (MVP) award is an honor typically bestowed upon the best performing player or players on a specific team, in an entire league, or for a particular contest or series of contests. ... The Boston Patriots finished the American Football Leagues 1966 season with a record of eight wins and four losses and two ties, and finished second in the AFLs Eastern division. ...


1970–1991

The Patriots' second decade began with significant changes. In 1970, the Patriots' franchise joined the NFL pursuant to the merger of the AFL and NFL that had been agreed to three years earlier. The Patriots were merged into the American Football Conference (AFC), where they remain to the present day. However, the Patriots' first season as part of the NFL resulted in a record of 2–12, sole possession of the newly merged league's worst record. The team lacked stability and was forced to play at four different sites. Finally, the Patriots moved into a new stadium in Foxborough (also known as Foxboro). The stadium, to be known as Schaefer Stadium, became Sullivan Stadium in 1983 and, ultimately, Foxboro Stadium in 1990. In March 1971, the team was renamed the "Bay State Patriots" and later that year the "New England Patriots" to reflect the relocation. The Boston Patriots finished the National Football Leagues 1970 season with a record of two wins and twelve losses, and finished last in the AFC East division. ... Location in Norfolk County in Massachusetts Coordinates: , Country State County Norfolk Settled 1704 Incorporated 1778 Government  - Type Open town meeting Area  - Town  20. ... Foxboro Stadium was an outdoor sports venue located in Foxborough or Foxboro, Massachusetts. ... The New England Patriots finished the National Football Leagues 1983 season with a record of eight wins and eight losses, and finished tied for second in the AFC East division. ... For the present stadium in Foxborough, see Gillette Stadium. ... The New England Patriots finished the National Football Leagues 1990 season with a record of one win and fifteen losses, and finished last in the AFC East division. ... The New England Patriots finished the National Football Leagues 1971 season with a record of six wins and eight losses, and finished third in the AFC East division. ...


By the early 1970s, several new players were added to the lineup, including Heisman Trophy[5] winner Jim Plunkett[6] and offensive lineman John Hannah, who became the first career Patriot to make the Hall of Fame in 1991.[7] Despite the changes in personnel, the Patriots' series of losing seasons continued into the early 1970s. Chuck Fairbanks was hired as head coach and general manager in 1973 after leading a top-ten program at the University of Oklahoma. Prior to the hiring of Fairbanks, New England had its sight set on Penn State head coach Joe Paterno. Paterno, however, backed out of the deal on the grounds that his family couldn't leave the friendly confines of State College, PA. Under Fairbanks, the Patriots finished 7–7 in 1974 and 3–11 in 1975, which resulted in offensive changes. Plunkett was traded to the San Francisco 49ers and replaced by Steve Grogan. The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... “Heisman” redirects here. ... Jim Plunkett on the February 15, 1971 cover of Sports Illustrated James W. Jim Plunkett (born December 5, 1947 in San Jose, California) is a retired American football player. ... John Allen Hannah (April 4, 1951, Canton, Georgia) is a former American Football offensive guard who played for the New England Patriots (1973-1985). ... The New England Patriots finished the National Football Leagues 1991 season with a record of six wins and ten losses, and finished fourth in the AFC East division. ... Chuck Fairbanks was a head coach for the National Football Leagues New England Patriots. ... The term general manager is a descriptive term for certain executives in a business operation. ... The New England Patriots finished the National Football Leagues 1973 season with a record of five wins and nine losses, and finished third in the AFC East division. ... University of Oklahoma, abbreviated OU, is a coeducational public research university located in the U.S. state of Oklahoma founded in 1890. ... Joseph Vincent Paterno (born December 21, 1926, in Brooklyn, New York), nicknamed JoePa, is the head coach of Pennsylvania State Universitys college football team, a position he has held since 1966. ... State College is a borough located in Centre County, Pennsylvania. ... The New England Patriots finished the National Football Leagues 1973 season with a record of seven wins and seven losses, and finished tied for third in the AFC East division. ... The New England Patriots finished the National Football Leagues 1975 season with a record of three wins and eleven losses, and finished tied for fourth in the AFC East division. ... City San Francisco, California Other nicknames Niners, The Red And Gold, Bay Bombers Team colors Cardinal red, metallic gold and black Head Coach Mike Nolan Owner Denise DeBartolo York and John York General manager Lal Heneghan Mascot Sourdough Sam League/Conference affiliations All-America Football Conference (1946-1949) Western Division... Steve James Grogan (July 24, 1953 in San Antonio, Texas) was an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots in the National Football League from 1975 until 1990. ...


After the string of losing seasons, the Patriots finished the 1976 season with an 11–3 mark — the best record in team history to that point — and a playoff slot for the first time since 1963. In the first round of the 1976 playoffs, the Patriots lost to the Oakland Raiders 24–21. In 1978, Fairbanks was fired as head coach when it was revealed he had been secretly hired as the new head coach of the University of Colorado. Fairbanks was replaced by Ron Erhardt, who coached the team to a playoff appearance later that year. The Patriots lost to the Houston Oilers in the first round. Under new coach Ron Meyer, the Patriots were once again eliminated in the first game — this time by the Miami Dolphins. With the team unable to assemble playoff victories, the Sullivans replaced head coach Ron Meyer with former wide receiver Raymond Berry in 1984. The New England Patriots finished the National Football Leagues 1976 season with a record of eleven wins and three losses, and finished tied for first in the AFC East division. ... // May 4 — Pan American Games Marathon, Sao Paulo, Brazil Mens Winner: Fidel Negrete (MEX) 2:27:56 July 13 — Enschede Marathon, Netherlands Mens Winner: Václav Chudomel (CZE) 2:25:11 October 15 — Fukuoka Marathon, Japan Mens Winner: Jeff Julian (NZL) 2:18:01 Stock car racing... The NFL playoffs for the 1976-77 season led up to Super Bowl XI. // Divisional playoff round December 18, 1976 AFC: Oakland Raiders 24, New England Patriots 21 at Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California Quarterback Ken Stabler dived into the end zone with 10 seconds left in the game to score... City Oakland, California Other nicknames The Silver and Black Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Lane Kiffin Owner Al Davis General manager Al Davis League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Western Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC West (1970... The New England Patriots finished the National Football Leagues 1978 season with a record of eleven wins and five losses, and finished tied for first in the AFC East division. ... The University of Colorado at Boulder (CU-Boulder, UCB officially[3]; Colorado and CU colloquially) is the flagship university of the University of Colorado System in Boulder, Colorado. ... Ron Erhardt (born February 27, 1932) was a football coach at both the collegiate and professional levels, and from 1979-1981, served as head coach of the National Football Leagues New England Patriots. ... City New Orleans, Louisiana Team colors Old Gold, Black, and White Head Coach Sean Payton Owner Tom Benson General manager Mickey Loomis Mascot Gumbo League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1967–present) Eastern Conference (1967-1969) Capitol Division (1967; 1969) Century Division (1968) National Football Conference (1970-present) NFC West... The NFL playoffs following the 1978 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XIII. This was the first year that the playoffs expanded to a ten-team tournament, adding a second wild card team (a fifth seed) from each conference. ... Ron Meyer is a former College and Professional Football Coach. ... The NFL playoffs following the 1982 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XVII. A players strike reduced the regular season to nine games. ... City Miami Gardens, Florida Other nicknames The Fins Team colors Aqua, Coral, White and Navy Head Coach liljimjim Owner Wayne Huizenga General manager Randy Mueller Mascot T.D. League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1966-1969) Eastern Division (1966-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970-present... The wide receiver (WR) position in American and Canadian football is the pass-catching specialist. ... Raymond Emmett Berry (born February 27, 1933 in Corpus Christi, Texas) was an American football wide receiver. ... The New England Patriots finished the National Football Leagues 1984 season with a record of nine wins and seven losses, and finished second in the AFC East division. ...


In the 1985 regular season, the team finished with an 11-5 record and obtained a wild card playoff berth. The Patriots won three road playoff games on their way to Super Bowl XX — an NFL record.[8] At Super Bowl XX, the Patriots surrendered a 3-0 first quarter lead and lost to the Chicago Bears by a score of 46-10. The following season, New England won the AFC East with another 11–5 record, but fell to the Broncos in the first round of the playoffs. Local resident Doug Flutie was a member of the Patriots during the 1987 and 1988 seasons, in which they finished with records of 8–7 and 9–7, respectively. Berry remained head coach through both seasons. The New England Patriots finished the National Football Leagues 1985 season with a record of eleven wins and five losses, and finished tied for second in the AFC East division. ... In North American professional sports leagues, the term wild card refers to a team that qualifies for the championship playoffs without winning their specific subdivision (usually called a conference or division) outright. ... The NFL playoffs following the 1985 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XX. Because the Jets and Giants both used Giants Stadium as their home field, the two wild card playoff games were held on different days. ... Date January 26, 1986 Stadium Louisiana Superdome City New Orleans, Louisiana MVP Richard Dent, Defensive end Favorite Bears by 10 National anthem Wynton Marsalis Coin toss Bart Starr representing previous Super Bowl MVPs Referee Red Cashion Halftime show Up with People presents Beat of the Future Attendance 73,818 TV... City Chicago, Illinois Other nicknames Da Bears, The Monsters of the Midway Team colors Navy Blue and Orange Head Coach Lovie Smith Owner Virginia Halas McCaskey Chairman Michael McCaskey General manager Jerry Angelo Fight song Bear Down, Chicago Bears Mascot Staley Da Bear League/Conference affiliations Independent (1919) National Football... The AFC East refers to the Eastern Division of the American Football Conference of the National Football League. ... Douglas Richard Doug Flutie (born October 23, 1962) is a retired American football and Canadian football quarterback. ... The New England Patriots finished the National Football Leagues strike-shortened 1987 season with a record of wight wins and seven losses, and finished tied for second in the AFC East division. ... The New England Patriots finished the National Football Leagues 1988 season with a record of nine wins and seven losses, and finished tied for second in the AFC East division. ...


During the late 1980s and early 1990s, the Patriots' lack of playoff appearances was underscored by personnel changes and controversy within the Sullivan ownership.[9] The Sullivan family lost millions of dollars on investments, including The Jacksons' 1984 Victory tour. Additional pressure was placed on the ownership when they calculated that $100 million USD was already invested in the franchise.[10] These financial losses and demands forced the Sullivans to sell the team. In 1986, Francis W. Murray arranged financing to keep the team afloat and, in return, was granted an option to purchase the team. When Murray tried to exercise his option, the Sullivans refused to acknowledge his rights and Murray sued and won in court. As a result, Murray agreed to partner with Victor Kiam to purchase the team in 1988. Kiam and Murray purchased the team for $84 million — $16 million USD less than the cost of the team.[11] Although Kiam was now the majority owner, he decided to keep Billy Sullivan and his son, Pat Sullivan, as franchise president and general manager respectively.[12] Meanwhile, paper and packaging magnate Robert Kraft, a Patriots season ticket holder since 1972, moved strategically to gain ownership of decrepit Sullivan Stadium (formerly Schaefer Stadium) after a business analysis showed he couldn't yet afford to bid on the team, but the team could not be a financial success without the stadium revenues. He set in motion a long term strategy to someday become the owner of the Patriots.[13] Kraft closed on the stadium purchase on November 23, 1988. Essentially, Kraft owned the stadium and Kiam owned the team.[14] During this leadership change, head coach Berry was replaced by Rod Rust — a change that was short-lived. The 1980s refers to the years from 1980 to 1989. ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ... The cover to the Jackson 5s first LP, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5, released on Motown Records in 1969. ... This article is about the year. ... USD redirects here. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Victor Kiam (1926-2001) was a famous businessman and the owner of the New England Patriots from 1988-1992. ... Robert Kraft Robert K. Kraft, (born June 5, 1941 in Brookline, Massachusetts) is the owner of National Football Leagues New England Patriots and Major League Soccers New England Revolution, as well as the stadium where they play, Gillette Stadium. ... Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 327th day of the year (328th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Rod Rust is a former head coach of the New England Patriots. ...


The Patriots' worst season in franchise history — a 1-15 record — came under Rust in 1990. During the season, the Patriots were thrown into the middle of a sexual harassment scandal when Boston Herald reporter Lisa Olson was sexually and verbally assaulted by several Patriots players in the team's locker room and was later labeled a "classic bitch" by Kiam. Following an investigation into the scandal, NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue fined the team $50,000 USD, and players Zeke Mowatt, Michael Timpson and Robert Perryman $12,500, $5,000, and $5,000 USD respectively. Rust was fired and replaced by Dick MacPherson at the end of the season. The Olson scandal and the 1-15 record are cited as the two primary reasons why Rod Rust was told to leave.[15] The Boston Herald is a tabloid newspaper (not to be confused with tabloid press periodicals), the smaller of the two big dailies in Boston, Massachusetts, with a daily circulation of 230,543 in September 2005. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Paul John Tagliabue (born November 24, 1940 in Jersey City, New Jersey) was the Commissioner of the National Football League from 1989 to September 2006, when he retired from office. ... Zeke Mowatt was a New England Patriots football player who was fined for sexual harrassment in 1990. ... Michael Timpson was a New England Patriots player fined for sexual harassment in 1990. ... Robert Perryman was a New England Patriots player who was fined for sexual harassment in 1990. ... Coach Mac in 2003 Dick McPherson was the Head Coach of the Syracuse University Orangemen football team from 1981-1991. ...


1992–1997

In 1992, St. Louis businessman James Orthwein became sole owner of the Patriots franchise, sparking rumors of a possible franchise relocation to St. Louis. However, no move was scheduled for the 1992 season, despite a 2-14 record.[16] The New England Patriots finished the National Football Leagues 1992 season with a record of two wins and fourteen losses, and finished last in the AFC East division. ... Nickname: Location in the state of Missouri Coordinates: , Country State County Independent City Government  - Mayor Francis G. Slay (D) Area  - City  66. ... James Orthwein was a businessman who owned the New England Patriots during the early 1990s. ...


During the 1992–1993 offseason, the Patriots shifted gears by replacing MacPherson with Bill Parcells. The team's draft selections for the offseason included top overall pick Drew Bledsoe, who was quarterback of the team until 2001, and wide receiver Troy Brown who last season became the teams record holder for most receptions, as well as playing as a defensive back in the Belichick era scoring touchdowns both on interceptions and as a receiver. Despite these acquisitions, the 1993 season resulted in 5-11 record as Parcells began rebuilding, and rumors about relocation to St. Louis rekindled during the offseason. Duane Charles Bill Parcells (born August 22, 1941 in Englewood, New Jersey), nicknamed The Big Tuna, is a retired American football head coach, last coaching the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. ... Drew McQueen Bledsoe (born February 14, 1972) is a former American football quarterback in the NFL known best for his almost eight years of starting for the New England Patriots. ... Navy quarterback Aaron Polanco sets up to throw. ... The New England Patriots finished the National Football Leagues 2001 season with a record of eleven wins and five losses, and finished tied for first in the AFC East division. ... Troy Fitzgerald Brown (born July 2, 1971 in Barnwell, South Carolina) is an American football wide receiver for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... The New England Patriots finished the National Football Leagues 1993 season with a record of five wins and eleven losses, and finished fourth in the AFC East division. ...


However, before he could move the team to St. Louis, Orthwein had to get out of the lease with Foxboro Stadium, owned by Robert Kraft. When Orthwein offered Kraft $75 million to buy out the remaining years on the lease, Kraft turned it down[17], forcing Orthwein to put the franchise up for sale.


Using the stadium lease as leverage, Kraft was able to buy the Patriots in January of 1994, paying a record (at the time) $200 million for the team. More importantly, in the view of the region's media, he immediately announced that the team would stay in New England[18]. Kraft had no intentions of any kind of move, and the preceding media circus and surrounding several years of political drama demonstrated that a new publicly funded stadium was extremely unlikely in New England (unlike in other cities where State legislatures and civic authorities fund them with regularity). The New England Patriots finished the National Football Leagues 1994 season with a record of ten wins and six losses, and finished tied for first in the AFC East division. ...


Kraft made a commitment to Patriots fans that he would bring a Super Bowl and a state of the art facility for the team to New England. On the day the NFL approved his purchase, the fans responded by buying almost 6,000 season tickets en route to selling out every game for the first time in the team's 34-year history. Every home game has been sold out since.


Despite the marketing successes, the relationship between Kraft and Parcells was strained and rocky and got worse with time as new owners with their net worth on the line were unwilling to give carte blanche to Parcells' spending on the football side. The Krafts believed in giving management plenty of space, but not carte blanche without questions and answers. Parcells felt Kraft was interfering with his prerogatives and what was needed to run a successful winning football franchise, especially in light of the new NFL salary cap which took effect in 1994. The result was a management stalemate with declining good will that eventually led to Bill Belichick, as newly hired Assistant Head Coach mediating between the two in the 1996 season, and to the distracting and disruptive rumors that Parcells was leaving the franchise that dominated the news prior to the team's participation in Super Bowl XXXI (as double-digit under dogs) despite the fact that Parcells was under contract through the 1997 season. At one point prior to the AFC title game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Boston Globe columnist Will McDonough, who had excellent relationships with both the Krafts and Parcells, actually maneuvered the two into a meeting to settle their differences (January 12th, 1997—the morning of the AFC Title game[19]). Team president Jonathan Kraft is quoted by writer Michael Holley in Patriot Reign as saying "It was a very, very strange time, and when you are not an expert at this business—you know we were still very new to the business—it can be educational. Big Bill had kept us in the dark on a lot of things. He probably misled us on some things. And we didn't know how to go about questioning it."[20] In professional sports, a salary cap (often called a wage cap in the United Kingdom) is a limit on the amount of money a team can spend on player salaries, either as a per-player limit or a total limit for the teams roster (or both). ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... William Stephen Belichick (born April 16, 1952 in Nashville, Tennessee) is the American football head coach for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... Date January 26, 1997 Stadium Louisiana Superdome City New Orleans, Louisiana MVP Desmond Howard, Kick Returner/Punt Returner Favorite Packers by 14 National anthem Luther Vandross Coin toss Past Super Bowl winning coaches: Hank Stram, Mike Ditka, Tom Flores, Tom Landry, Chuck Noll, George Seifert Referee Gerald Austin Halftime show... City Jacksonville, Florida Team colors Teal, Black, White, and Gold Head Coach Jack Del Rio Owner Wayne Weaver General manager James Harris Mascot Jaxson de Ville League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) American Football Conference (1995-present) AFC Central (1995-2001) AFC South (2002-present) Team history Jacksonville... Will McDonough (July 6, 1935 - January 9, 2003) gave the American Football League honest exposure in his articles and columns in a nationally prominent newspaper, the Boston Globe. ... Jonathan A. Kraft is the president of the New England Patriots, owner/investor of the New England Revolution, and both president and chief operating officer of the Kraft Group. ... Patriot Reign is a best-selling book by Boston Globe/New York Times sports writer Michael Holley resulting from two years he was given unprecedented access (as if he were a fly on the wall) to the inner sanctums of the world champion New England Patriots football operations as they...


New England entered the 1994 season after drafting first round and fourth overall pick on defensive end Willie McGinest, who would later play linebacker on all three Super Bowl-winning teams. The 1994 club struggled to 3-6 but rallied to defeat the Minnesota Vikings in overtime and finished 10-6. Although the team lost in the first round of the playoffs and finished the 1995 season with a 6–10 record, Kraft decided to keep Parcells; however Parcells was forced to give up control of player personnel, creating a divided structure Belichick would later put paid to—but not until 2001. In 1996, the Patriots finished with an 11–5 record and an AFC East division championship. The team eventually advanced to Super Bowl XXXI, where they were double-digit underdogs and lost to the Green Bay Packers 35–21, but were beat by the amazing return game of the Packers, not its offense and defense. Parcells would leave in the ongoing cloud of controversy to coach the New York Jets, and the Krafts didn't know whether or if they should trust the likable Bill Belichick, who was considered a disciple of Parcells up to several seasons later—a press belief that rankled Belichick, who'd gained his early coaching experience under three other well-regarded coaches as well as his father[21]. Willie McGinest William Lee McGinest, Jr, (born December 11, 1971 in Long Beach, California), is an American Football linebacker for the Cleveland Browns. ... This article relates to sports. ... City Minneapolis, Minnesota Other nicknames The Vikes, The Purple People Eaters Team colors Purple, Gold, and White Head Coach Brad Childress Owner Zygi Wilf General manager Rob Brzezinski Fight song Skol, Vikings Mascot Viktor the Viking League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1961–present) Western Conference (1961-1969) Central Division... The NFL playoffs following the 1994 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXIX. // Wild Card playoffs December 31, 1994 NFC: Green Bay Packers 16, Detroit Lions 12 at Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin Game time: 12:30 pm EST/11:30 am CST Game weather: 31 °F (partly cloudy... The New England Patriots finished the National Football Leagues 1995 season with a record of six wins and ten losses, and finished fourth in the AFC East division. ... Date January 26, 1997 Stadium Louisiana Superdome City New Orleans, Louisiana MVP Desmond Howard, Kick Returner/Punt Returner Favorite Packers by 14 National anthem Luther Vandross Coin toss Past Super Bowl winning coaches: Hank Stram, Mike Ditka, Tom Flores, Tom Landry, Chuck Noll, George Seifert Referee Gerald Austin Halftime show... Packers redirects here. ... City East Rutherford, New Jersey Other nicknames Gang Green, the Green and White, Jersey Jets Team colors Hunter green and white Head Coach Eric Mangini Owner Woody Johnson General manager Mike Tannenbaum League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960-1969) Eastern Division (1960-1969) National Football League (1970–present) American...


1997–2000

Due to rising tensions between Parcells and Kraft, Parcells resigned, and was replaced by Pete Carroll in 1997. Meanwhile, the Patriots and the New York Jets began switching players and coaches, including the aforementioned Parcells and running back Curtis Martin. Nevertheless, New England finished with a 10–6 record and first place in the AFC East. The Patriots defeated the Miami Dolphins 17–3 at home in the opening round, before losing against the Pittsburgh Steelers by a score of 7–6. In the 1998 season, the Patriots finished 9–7, and lost to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first round of the playoffs. A subpar 1999 season followed in which the Patriots erupted to 6-2 but collapsed after their bye week to finish 8-8. The second half of the season resulted in Carroll's firing. Peter C. Carroll (born September 15, 1951, in San Francisco, California) is the current head coach of the University of Southern California Trojans football team, having held that position since 2001. ... The New England Patriots finished the National Football Leagues 1997 season with a record of ten wins and six losses, and finished first in the AFC East division. ... Curtis Martin is a former American football running back. ... The New England Patriots finished the National Football Leagues 1998 season with a record of nine wins and seven losses, and finished fourth in the AFC East division. ... City Jacksonville, Florida Team colors Teal, Black, White, and Gold Head Coach Jack Del Rio Owner Wayne Weaver General manager James Harris Mascot Jaxson de Ville League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) American Football Conference (1995-present) AFC Central (1995-2001) AFC South (2002-present) Team history Jacksonville... The New England Patriots finished the National Football Leagues 1999 season with a record of eight wins and eight losses, and finished tied for fourth in the AFC East division. ...


2000–present

After Carroll was fired, Bill Belichick, hand-picked to be Parcells' successor with the Jets, quit after one day as Jets head coach to join New England. In 2000, Belichick's first season resulted in a 5–11 record. In 2001, quarterback Drew Bledsoe was injured in the second game of the season and was replaced by Tom Brady, a sixth-round draft pick, who then led the team into the playoffs with an 11–5 record. The Patriots defeated the Oakland Raiders, in the so-called "The Tuck" game played in a driving snowstorm in Foxborough (it was also notable for being the final game in Foxboro Stadium), followed by defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC Championship Game. That set up their third trip to New Orleans and Super Bowl XXXVI, where, amidst a theme of patriotism spawned by the September 11 terror attacks, they defeated the St. Louis Rams on a last-second field goal by Adam Vinatieri. In New England's first Super Bowl victory, Brady drove his team 48 yards in 1:21 with no timeouts, and was selected Super Bowl MVP. An estimated 1.5 million people turned out in Boston for the Patriots' first victory parade.[22] In the 2002 offseason, Bledsoe was traded, in an unusual move, within the division, to the Buffalo Bills. William Stephen Belichick (born April 16, 1952 in Nashville, Tennessee) is the American football head coach for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... The New England Patriots finished the National Football Leagues 2000 season with a record of five wins and eleven losses, and finished last in the AFC East division. ... Thomas Edward Brady, Jr. ... The Tuck is the nickname given to the AFC divisional playoff game between the New England Patriots and the Oakland Raiders played on January 19, 2002 at Foxboro Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, the then-home stadium of the Patriots. ... For the present stadium in Foxborough, see Gillette Stadium. ... The NFL playoffs following the 2004 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXXIX. // at Qwest Field, Seattle, Washington Game time: 4:30 p. ... Date February 3, 2002 Stadium Louisiana Superdome City New Orleans, Louisiana MVP Tom Brady, Quarterback (New England) Favorite Rams by 14 National anthem Mariah Carey Coin toss George H. W. Bush and Roger Staubach Referee Bernie Kukar Halftime show U2 Attendance 72,922 TV in the United States Network FOX... A sequential look at United Flight 175 crashing into the south tower of the World Trade Center The September 11, 2001 attacks (often referred to as 9/11—pronounced nine eleven or nine one one) consisted of a series of coordinated terrorist[1] suicide attacks upon the United States, predominantly... City St. ... Adam Matthew Vinatieri (born December 28, 1972 in Yankton, South Dakota) is an American football placekicker currently playing for the Indianapolis Colts. ... The Super Bowl MVP, or Super Bowl Most Valuable Player, is an award given at the conclusion of the Super Bowl, the National Football Leagues championship game, to the player deemed to have made the most significant positive impact on the outcome of the game. ... For other uses, see Buffalo Bills (disambiguation). ...

President George W. Bush poses with the New England Patriots during a ceremony honoring the 2004 Super Bowl Champions in the Rose Garden

In 2002, Robert Kraft opened the new Gillette Stadium after privately funding its construction. After getting no support from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to build a new stadium, Kraft made a deal to move the team to Hartford, Connecticut in 1998.[23] However, environmental cleanup problems with the Hartford site, combined with Massachusetts' eventual willingness to loan $57 million USD in infrastructure costs around Foxboro to be repaid through parking revenue, led to a reversal of the Hartford deal. As a result of threats of lawsuits by Connecticut Governor John Rowland, Kraft paid $2.4 million USD to Connecticut to avoid any future litigation.[24] The state-of-the-art stadium is widely considered to be one of the premier stadiums in the NFL.[25][26] President George W. Bush poses with the New England Patriots during a ceremony honoring the 2004 Super Bowl Champions in the Rose Garden April 13, 2005. ... President George W. Bush poses with the New England Patriots during a ceremony honoring the 2004 Super Bowl Champions in the Rose Garden April 13, 2005. ... See also: 2001 in sports, 2003 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing Stock car racing: Ward Burton wins the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Tony Stewart Indy Racing League - Sam Hornish Jr. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... Hartford redirects here. ... Official language(s) English Capital Hartford Largest city Bridgeport[3] Largest metro area Hartford Metro Area[2] Area  Ranked 48th  - Total 5,543[4] sq mi (14,356 km²)  - Width 70 miles (113 km)  - Length 110 miles (177 km)  - % water 12. ... // Stock car racing: Dale Earnhardt won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Jeff Gordon NASCAR celebrates its 50th anniversary Indy Racing League - Indianapolis 500 - Eddie Cheever CART Racing - Alex Zanardi won the season championship Formula One Championship - Mika Häkkinen of Finland 24 hours of Le Mans: won by the team... John G. Rowland (born May 24, 1957 in Waterbury, Connecticut) was the Governor of Connecticut from 1995 to 2004. ...


The Patriots missed the 2002 playoffs after finishing with a record of 9–7 and missing out on the division title via a tiebreaker to the New York Jets. In 2003, the Patriots started 2–2 but finished with a 14–2 record and fourteen straight wins on their way to Super Bowl XXXVIII against the Carolina Panthers. The Patriots won by a score of 32–29; the final three points came from another Adam Vinatieri field goal. Brady was named Super Bowl MVP for the second time in his career. The NFL playoffs following the 2002 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XXXVII. Prior to the 2002-03 season, the league realigned the teams into eight divisions (four in each conference). ... The New England Patriots finished the National Football Leagues 2003 season with a record of fourteen wins and two losses, and finished first in the AFC East division. ... Date February 1, 2004 Stadium Reliant Stadium City Houston, Texas MVP Tom Brady, Quarterback Favorite Patriots by 7 National anthem Beyoncé Coin toss Earl Campbell, Ollie Matson, Don Maynard, Y.A. Tittle, Mike Singletary, Gene Upshaw Referee Ed Hochuli Halftime show Janet Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Outkast, P. Diddy, Kid Rock... City Charlotte, North Carolina Other nicknames The Cardiac Cats Team colors Black, Carolina Blue, and Silver Head Coach John Fox Owner Jerry Richardson General manager Marty Hurney Mascot Sir Purr League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1995–present) National Football Conference (1995-present) NFC West (1995-2001) NFC South (2002...


In 2004, the Patriots broke the NFL all-time regular season consecutive winning streak record of 18 straight wins, with a victory against the Miami Dolphins. Later in the season, the Patriots lost to the Pittsburgh Steelers, which halted their winning streak at 21 games. However, the NFL only counts regular-season wins in determining the consecutive wins record, so the Patriots' streak officially stands at 18 games. The New England Patriots finished the National Football Leagues 2004 season with a record of fourteen wins and two losses, and finished first in the AFC East division. ...

Patriot fans rally in front of Boston City Hall following the 2004 Super Bowl XXXVIII championship
Patriot fans rally in front of Boston City Hall following the 2004 Super Bowl XXXVIII championship

After finishing the 2004 season with a 14-2 record, the Patriots defeated the Indianapolis Colts and Pittsburgh Steelers en route to Super Bowl XXXIX. The Patriots went on to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles by a score of 24–21. The victory made the Patriots the first team in six years to repeat as NFL Super Bowl champions, and the second team ever to win three Super Bowls in four years. After the 2004 season, Belichick's top two coordinators, Charlie Weis and Romeo Crennel, left the team to pursue head coaching positions. Significant players moved on as well, including longtime Patriot cornerback Ty Law. Linebacker Tedy Bruschi missed half of the 2005 season while recovering from a mild stroke. During the 2005 season, the team lost several starters to injuries. The Patriots won the AFC East with a 10–6 record. The Patriots defeated the Jacksonville Jaguars 28–3 in the first round of the playoffs before losing to the Denver Broncos 27–13. Boston City Hall, Boston, Massachusetts Source: Library of Congress Collection: Historic American Buildings Survey Origin: National Park Service URL: http://memory. ... Boston City Hall, Boston, Massachusetts Source: Library of Congress Collection: Historic American Buildings Survey Origin: National Park Service URL: http://memory. ... City Indianapolis, Indiana Other nicknames The Horseshoes Team colors Speed Blue and White Head Coach Tony Dungy Owner Jim Irsay General manager Bill Polian Mascot Blue League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1953–present) Western Conference (1953-1969) Coastal Division (1967-1969) American Football Conference (1970-present) AFC East (1970... Date February 6, 2005 Stadium ALLTEL Stadium City Jacksonville, Florida MVP Deion Branch, Wide receiver Favorite Patriots by 7 National anthem Combined choirs of the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and U.S... City Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Team colors Midnight Green, Black, White, and Silver Head Coach Andy Reid Owner Jeffrey Lurie General manager Tom Heckert (official) Andy Reid (de facto) Fight song Fly, Eagles Fly Mascot Swoop League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1933–present) Eastern Division (1933-1949) American Conference (1950-1952... Charles Joseph (Charlie) Weis (born March 30, 1956 in Middlesex, New Jersey) is the head coach of the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team. ... Romeo Crennel (born June 18, 1947 in Lynchburg, Virginia) has been the head coach of the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League since February 8, 2005. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Tajuan Ty Law (born February 10, 1974 in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania) is an American football cornerback who currently plays with the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. ... Tedy Lacap Bruschi (pronounced BREW-ski) (born June 9, 1973 in San Francisco, California) is an American football linebacker for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... The New England Patriots finished the National Football Leagues 2005 season with a record of ten wins and six losses, and finished first in the AFC East division. ... The National Football League playoffs following the 2005 regular season led up to Super Bowl XL, which was played in Detroit, Michigan on Sunday, February 5, 2006. ...


The 2006 off-season saw the departure and arrival of several personnel. They finished the 2006 regular season with a 12-4 record and won the AFC East for the fourth consecutive time. The Patriots went on to defeat their rival, the Jets 37-16 in the wild card round. The following game, Brady, despite throwing 3 INTs, engineered a 4th quarter comeback to defeat the San Diego Chargers by the score of 24-21. They faced the Colts in the AFC Championship but lost 38-34 after leading 21-3 early in the game. The 2006 New England Patriots season began with the team trying to improve on their 10-6 record in 2005. ... The NFL playoffs following the 2006 NFL season led up to Super Bowl XLI. // at RCA Dome, Indianapolis, Indiana Game time: 4:30 p. ...


In the 2007 offseason, the Patriots traded for wide receiver Randy Moss of the Oakland Raiders and signed linebacker Adalius Thomas of the Baltimore Ravens. In an organised sports league, a season is the portion of one year in which regulated games of the sport are in session. ... Randy Moss (born February 13, 1977 in Rand, West Virginia) is an American football wide receiver for the New England Patriots. ... City Oakland, California Other nicknames The Silver and Black Team colors Silver and Black Head Coach Lane Kiffin Owner Al Davis General manager Al Davis League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–1969) Western Division (1960–1969) National Football League (1970–present) American Football Conference (1970–present) AFC West (1970... Adalius Donquail Thomas (born July 18, 1977 in Equality, Alabama) is an American football linebacker for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... City Baltimore, Maryland Team colors Purple, Black, and Gold Head Coach Brian Billick Owner Steve Bisciotti General manager Ozzie Newsome Mascot The Ravens: Edgar, Allan, & Poe League/Conference affiliations National Football League (1996–present) American Football Conference (1996-present) AFC Central (1996-2001) AFC North (2002-present) Team history Baltimore...


The 2007 New England Patriots season kicked off against the Jets. The 2007 New England Patriots season is the 38th season for the team in the National Football League and 48th season overall. ...


The team's on-field performance and attendance has drastically improved since Robert Kraft bought the team in 1994. Before Kraft, the Patriots won the AFC East three times, made the playoffs six times (including their AFL Championship berth in 1963) in 34 years, and went to the Super Bowl once. Since Kraft, the Patriots have won the AFC East eight times, made the playoffs nine times and have been to the Super Bowl on four occasions, winning three. From the 1996 season onward, every Patriots home game has sold out, both at Foxboro and Gillette stadiums, including preseason games. On November 4, 2007, the Patriots played against the Colts, who had beaten them the last three times that they had played them. The Patriots won the game with a last-minute touchdown, making the score 24-20. Currently, they are undefeated.[27][28]


Logo and uniforms

"Pat Patriot" logo
"Flying Elvis" logo

The original Patriot logo was developed in 1960 by artist Phil Bissell.[29] The logo featured a New England-originated Revolutionary War minuteman snapping a football while not dressed in football gear. Initial Patriots owner William Sullivan coined the logo's nickname: "Pat Patriot".[30] Meanwhile, the team's original uniforms were red with white and blue stripes on their sleeves, and white pants and helmets. Initially, the helmets featured a Revolutionary War-era tricorn hat; however, this design was replaced with the Pat Patriot logo in 1961.[31] The original logo of the New England Patriots was a stylized depiction of a Revolutionary War tricorne hat. ... Old New England/Boston Patriots logo, claiming fair use This work is copyrighted. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... The word Minuteman usually has one of the following meanings, depending on context: the Minutemen of the American Revolutionary War (the origin of the term) the LGM-30 Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile the Minuteman pocket calculator by Commodore Business Machines This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which... William Sullivan may refer to: William Wilfred Sullivan, Premier of PEI William Laurence Sullivan, a Unitarian clergyman and author William Sullivan, a U.S. diplomat This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ...


In 1993 changes to the Patriots' uniforms and logo were rolled out by brief Patriots owner James B. Orthwein.[32] The old "Pat Patriot" logo was retired and replaced with a stylized Patriot head in silhouette wearing a red-white-and-blue tricorn hat, designed in tandem with NFL Properties that fans and sports officials would eventually nickname the "Flying Elvis".[33] The team's uniforms were changed from red to "Patriot" (dark) blue, and both the helmets and pants from white to silver.[34] The National Football League Players Association, or NFLPA, is the labor union of players in footballs National Football League. ... “Elvis” redirects here. ...


In 2000 the team developed additional changes to their logo and uniform. Although the "Flying Elvis" logo remained, a darker blue color was introduced.[35]


Strategy

The New England Patriots employ a variety of strategies during play, designed to work with their available personnel. ...

Players of note

Current roster

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Quarterbacks

Running Backs Thomas Edward Brady, Jr. ... Matt Cassel [CASS-ul] (born May 17, 1982 in Northridge, California) is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the NFL. // Cassel was a member of the Northridge, California baseball team that reached the finals of the 1994 Little League World Series. ... Matt Gutierrez (born June 9, 1984 in Concord, California) is an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ...

Wide Receivers Kyle Eckel (born December 30, 1981 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American football player who currently plays for the Miami Dolphins. ... Brian Heath Evans (born December 30, 1978 in West Palm Beach, Florida) is an American football fullback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... Kevin Troy Faulk (born June 5, 1976 in Lafayette, Louisiana) is the reserve halfback for the New England Patriots. ... Laurence Maroney (born February 5, 1985 in St. ...

Tight Ends Derrick Jabar Gaffney (born December 1, 1980 in San Antonio, Texas) is an American football wide receiver for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... Chad Wolfegang Jackson (born March 6, 1985 in Birmingham, Alabama) is an American football wide receiver for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... Randy Moss (born February 13, 1977 in Rand, West Virginia) is an American football wide receiver for the New England Patriots. ... Donté Lamar Stallworth (born November 10, 1980) is an American football wide receiver for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... James Kelley Washington (born August 21, 1979 in Stephens City, Virginia) is an American football wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL. He was selected with the first pick of the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft out of the University of Tennessee where he wore the... Wes Welker (Born May 1, 1981 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is an NFL wide receiver for the Miami Dolphins. ...

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen Kyle James Brady (born January 14, 1972) is a professional American football player who plays tight end for the Jacksonville Jaguars of the NFL. // High School Career At Cedar Cliff High School in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, Brady lettered in football, basketball, and baseball. ... Benjamin Watson (born December 18, 1980) in Norfolk, Virginia is an American football player for the New England Patriots. ... Wesley Britt joined the New England Patriots practice squad in the fall of 2005 following his being cut from the San Diego Chargers squad at the end of their training camp who draft him in the 5th round of the 2005 NFL draft. ... Russ Hochstein (born October 7, 1977, in Hartington, Nebraska) is a guard for the New England Patriots. ... Nicholas Jesse Nick Kaczur (born July 28, 1979 in Brantford, Ontario) is a National Football League offensive lineman for the New England Patriots. ... Dan Koppen (born September 12, 1979 in Dubuque, Iowa) is an American football player who is the starting center for the New England Patriots of the NFL. After attending Boston College, the hometown Patriots selected him in the fifth round of the 2003 NFL Draft with the 164th overall choice. ... Matthew Charles Light (born June 23, 1978 in Greenville, Ohio) is a star offensive tackle on the New England Patriots. ... Logan Mankins (born March 10, 1982 in Catheys Valley, California) is an American football offensive lineman for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... Stephen Neal is a starting right guard in the National Football League who re-signed with the New England Patriots after testing the free-agency market following the 2005 season. ... Ryan OCallaghan is an American football offensive guard for the National Football League New England Patriots. ... Billy Yates (born April 15, 1980) is a guard for the National Football Leagues New England Patriots. ...

Linebackers

Defensive Backs Kareem Brown (born January 30, 1983 in Miami, Florida) is a American football defensive lineman for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames {{{nicknames}}} Team colors Blue, Red, Silver, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft Fight song {{{song}}} Mascot Pat Patriot Local radio Flagship stations: WBCN 104. ... Richard Vershaun Seymour (born October 6, 1979 in Gadsden, South Carolina) is an American football defensive lineman for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... Tyron Markeith Warren (born February 6, 1981 in Bryan, Texas) is a defensive end for the New England Patriots. ... Vincent Lamar Wilfork (born November 4, 1981 in Boynton Beach, Florida) is an American football defensive tackle who currently plays for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... Mike Wright was an undrafted rookie free agent who was signed by the New England Patriots. ... Eric Alexander is a member of the New England Patriots practice squad. ... Tedy Lacap Bruschi (pronounced BREW-ski) (born June 9, 1973 in San Francisco, California) is an American football linebacker for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... Rosevelt Colvin, III (born September 5, 1977 in Indianapolis, Indiana) is an NFL linebacker with the New England Patriots. ... Lawrence Alexander Izzo (born September 26, 1974 in Fort Belvoir, Virginia) is an American football linebacker for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... Junior Seau: [SAY-ow] (born Tiaina Seau, Jr. ... Adalius Donquail Thomas (born July 18, 1977 in Equality, Alabama) is an American football linebacker for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... Michael George Vrabel (born August 14, 1975 in Akron, Ohio) is an American football linebacker for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... Pierre Woods (born January 6, 1982 in Cleveland, Ohio is a linebacker with the New England Patriots. ...

Special Teams Willie Andrews played college football as a safety for the Baylor Bears. ... Safety for the Buffalo Bills (#26) Height: 5-10 Weight: 198 College: Tennessee Years in NFL: 2 How Acquired: Free Agent 04 Birthdate: 2/22/1982 ... Randall Blue Jerome Gay, Jr. ... Rodney Scott Harrison (born December 15, 1972 in Markham, Illinois) is an American football safety for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... Ellis Hobbs III (born May 16, 1983 in Niagara Falls, New York) is an American football cornerback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... Eddie Jackson (born December 19, 1980 in Richardson, Texas) is an American football player who currently plays cornerback for the Miami Dolphins. ... This article contains a trivia section. ... Mel Mitchell (born February 10, 1979 in Rockledge, Florida) is an American football player who currently plays safety for the New England Patriots. ... Asante Samuel (born January 6, 1981 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida) is an American football cornerback for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... James Sanders (born November 11, 1982 in Porterville, California) is an American football safety for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... Eugene W. Wilson II (born August 17, 1980 in Merrillville, Indiana) is an American football safety for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ...

Reserve lists

Practice Squad Stephen The Ghost Gostkowski is an American football placekicker who currently plays for the National Football Leagues New England Patriots. ... Christopher David Hanson(Born:October 5, 1976) is a National Football League punter for the Jacksonville Jaguars. ... Leonidas E. Paxton III born March 13, 1978 in Orange, California) is an American football long snapper for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... Troy Fitzgerald Brown (born July 2, 1971 in Barnwell, South Carolina) is an American football wide receiver for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... Image File history File links Injuryicon. ... Oscar Lua (born May 9, 1984) is an american football linebacker. ... Image File history File links Injuryicon. ... Sammy Morris (born March 23, 1977 in San Antonio, Texas) is a fullback for the Miami Dolphins. ... Image File history File links Injuryicon. ... For other persons of the same name, see Mike Richardson. ... Image File history File links Injuryicon. ... Chad Scott is a cornerback that plays for the New England Patriots, and went to University of Maryland. ... Image File history File links Injuryicon. ... David Thomas is a current American football player for the New England Patriots. ... Image File history File links Injuryicon. ...


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Brandon Bam Childress is a NFL wide receiver for the New England Patriots. ... Dan Connolly (born September 02, 1982 in St. ... David Greene (born June 22, 1982 in Snellville, Georgia) is an American football quarterback who is currently on the practice squad of the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... Clinton J. C. J. Jones (born September 20, 1980 in Boynton Beach, Florida) is an American football wide receiver for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... Tim Mixon (born July 8, 1984 in Compton, California) is an American football cornerback for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League. ... Antwain Spann (born February 22, 1983) is a National Football League cornerback for the New England Patriots, who was signed by the team as a free agent on January 30, 2006. ... Santonio Thomas is a member of the New England Patriots practice squad. ... Raymond Ventrone is a member of the New England Patriots practice squad. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 313th day of the year (314th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


More rosters The following is a list of current National Football League (NFL) team rosters: // Categories: | | ...

Pro Football Hall of Famers

Nicholas Anthony Buoniconti is a former AFL and NFL Hall of Fame linebacker, who played for the Boston Patriots and Miami Dolphins. ... John Allen Hannah (April 4, 1951, Canton, Georgia) is a former American Football offensive guard who played for the New England Patriots (1973-1985). ... Michael James Haynes (born July 1, 1953 in Denison, Texas) is an American former National Football League cornerback who played for the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Raiders. ...

Retired numbers

In addition to the seven players above, QB Steve Grogan (14), QB Babe Parilli (15), LB Andre Tippett (56), and WR Stanley Morgan (86) were inducted into the Patriots' Hall of Fame.[36] Gino Cappelletti (born March 26, 1934) is a former American college and professional football player who currently works as a radio announcer. ... Michael James Haynes (born July 1, 1953 in Denison, Texas) is an American former National Football League cornerback who played for the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Raiders. ... Steven Lee Nelson (born April 26, 1951 in Farmington, Minnesota) is a former professional American football linebacker who played for the New England Patriots from 1974 to 1987. ... John Allen Hog Hannah (born April 4, 1951) is an American former football left guard who played for the New England Patriots (1973–1985). ... Bruce Armstrong was an offensive tackle for the New England Patriots in the National Football League from 1987 to 2000, playing all fourteen seasons with the Patriots. ... Jim Lee Hunt was an American college and professional football plyer who played defensive lineman for the American Football Leagues New England Patriots. ... Categories: Sports stubs ... Steve James Grogan (July 24, 1953 in San Antonio, Texas) was an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots in the National Football League from 1975 until 1990. ... Vito Babe Parilli (born 1930) of the University of Kentucky was an All-American starting quarterback for the Wildcats under Coach Paul Bear Bryant. ... Andre Bernard Tippett (born December 27, 1959), is a former American football linebacker who played for the New England Patriots of the NFL. // Tippett was born in Birmingham, Alabama. ... Stanley Morgan is a former NFL wide receiver who played for the New England Patriots. ...


Other notable alumni

Julius Adams (born April 26, 1948 in Macon, Georgia) was a defensive lineman in the NFL. For his entire career he played for the New England Patriots. ... Sam Edwards Adams Sr. ... Tom Addison (born 1936, Lancaster, South Carolina) is a professional American football linebacker (1960 — 1967) and sports labor leader, and is a member of the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame. ... Houston Antwine (born April 11, 1939 in Louise, Mississippi) an American college and professional football player from Southern Illinois University, was drafted by the American Football Leagues Boston Patriots in 1961. ... Don Blackmon (born March 14, 1958 in Pompano Beach, Florida), is a former American Football linebacker who was selected by the New England Patriots in the 4th round of the 1981 NFL Draft. ... Drew McQueen Bledsoe (born February 14, 1972) is a former American football quarterback in the NFL known best for his almost eight years of starting for the New England Patriots. ... Anthony Deion Branch, Jr. ... Peter Anthony Brock (born July 14, 1954 in Portland, Oregon) was a center and guard who played twelve professional seasons with the NFL New England Patriots. ... Ron Burton aka NIGGER BOY (July 25, 1936 - September 13, 2003) became a college All-American running back at Northwestern University, a member of the Northwestern Hall of Fame, and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. ... Byars in Tikrit, Iraq, signing autographs during a Feburary 2006 troop visit. ... Don Calhoun (born April 29, 1952 in Sumner, Oklahoma) is a former professional American football player who played running back for nine seasons for the Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots, and Philadelphia Eagles. ... Richard Jon Camarillo (born in 1959) is a former professional American Football punter who played 16 seasons in the NFL for the New England Patriots (1981-1987), Los Angeles Rams (1988), Phoenix Cardinals (1989-1993), Houston Oilers (1994-1995), and Oakland Raiders (1996). ... Raymond DeWayne Clayborn(Born in 1955) is a former American Football defensive back who played for the New England Patriots(1977-1989) and Cleveland Browns(1990, 1991) in the NFL. Before his NFL career, he played for the University of Texas Clayborn had a superb career with the Patriots, making... Ben Coates (born August 16, 1969 in Greenwood, South Carolina) is an American former NFL tight end, former CIAA football coach and current NFL Tight Ends coach. ... Jim Colclough (March 31, 1936 – May 16, 2004) was an American college and professional football player. ... Tony Collins was a runningback in the National Football League in the mid 1980s. ... Sam Cunningham (born August 15, 1950, in Santa Barbara, CA) is a retired American football fullback. ... James Linwood Lin Dawson (born June 24, 1959 in Norfolk, Virginia) is a former professional American football player who played tight end for nine seasons for the New England Patriots. ... Corey Dillon (born October 24, 1974 in Seattle, Washington) is a retired American football running back who recently was released by the New England Patriots making him a free agent. ... Hart Lee Dykes (born September 2, 1966 in Bay City, Texas) is a former professional American football player who played wide receiver for two seasons for the New England Patriots. ... Charles Carroll Tony Eason, IV (born October 8, 1959 in Blythe, California) was an American football quarterback who played in the National Football League for the New England Patriots and New York Jets. ... Larry Eisenhauer (born 1940) was an American college and professional football player. ... Irving Dale Fryar (born September 28, 1962) is a former American Football wide receiver. ... Tim Fox is a former American Football safety who played for the New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers and the Los Angeles Rams. ... Russell Ross Francis (born April 3, 1953 in Seattle, Washington), was a former professional football player who was drafted by the New England Patriots in the 1st round (16th pick) of the 1975 NFL Draft. ... Larry Garron was an American college and professional football player. ... Terrell Tyree Glenn (born July 23, 1974 in Columbus, Ohio) is an American football wide receiver who currently plays for the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL. // Glenn attended Brookhaven High School in Columbus, Ohio and was a three-year letterman in football, basketball, and track, and a two-year letterman... Leon Gray (born November 15, 1951 in Olive Branch, Mississippi) was a tackle who played eleven seasons in the National Football League, mainly for the New England Patriots. ... Steve James Grogan (July 24, 1953 in San Antonio, Texas) was an American football quarterback for the New England Patriots in the National Football League from 1975 until 1990. ... Ray Hamilton is a former American football player and the current defensive line coach for the NFLs Jacksonville Jaguars. ... Mack Herron (42) in the huddle. ... Brian Douglass Holloway (born July 25, 1959) was an offensive tackle for the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Raiders in the National Football League from 1981 to 1988. ... For the footballer, see Craig James (footballer) Jesse Craig James (born January 2, 1961 in Jacksonville, Texas) is an American sports commentator for college football games on the ABC television network. ... Roland Orlando James (born February 18, 1958 in Xenia, Ohio), is a former American Football defensive back who was selected by the New England Patriots in the 1st round of the 1980 NFL Draft. ... Andy Johnson (born October 18, 1952 in Athens, Georgia), is a former professional football running back in the National Football League during the 1970s. ... Ted Curtis Johnson (born December 4, 1972) is a former American football player in the National Football League. ... Tajuan Ty Law (born February 10, 1974 in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania) is an American football cornerback who currently plays with the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. ... William Edward Lenkaitis (born June 30, 1946 in Cleveland, Ohio) was a center and guard who played fourteen professional seasons. ... Ronald Leon Lippett (born December 10, 1960 in Melbourne, Florida), is a former American professional football player who played eight seasons with the New England Patriots of the National Football League from 1983-1988 and 1990-1991. ... Fred Donald Marion (born January 2, 1959 in Gainesville, Florida), is a former American Football defensive back who was selected by the New England Patriots in the 5th round of the 1982 NFL Draft. ... Curtis Martin is a former American football running back. ... Willie McGinest William Lee McGinest, Jr, (born December 11, 1971 in Long Beach, California), is an American Football linebacker for the Cleveland Browns. ... Dave Meggett (born April 30, 1966 in Charleston, South Carolina), is a former professional American Football running back who played for the New York Giants (1989-1994), New England Patriots (1995-1997), and the New York Jets (1998). ... Lawyer Milloy (born November 14, 1973 in St. ... Stanley Morgan is a former NFL wide receiver who played for the New England Patriots. ... Jon Morris was an American college and professional football player. ... Guy Morriss (born May 13, 1951 at Colorado City, Texas) is the current head coach of the football team at Baylor University where he replaced Kevin Steele. ... James S. Jim Nance (December 30, 1942 - June 16, 1992) was a fullback with the Boston Patriots during their days in the American Football League. ... Tom Neville (born August 12, 1943 in Montgomery, Alabama) was a National Football League offensive lineman from 1965 through 1979. ... Vito Babe Parilli (born 1930) of the University of Kentucky was an All-American starting quarterback for the Wildcats under Coach Paul Bear Bryant. ... Jim Plunkett on the February 15, 1971 cover of Sports Illustrated James W. Jim Plunkett (born December 5, 1947 in San Jose, California) is a retired American football player. ... Johnny Rembert (born January 19, 1961 in Hollandale, Mississippi) is a former professional American football player who played linebacker for ten seasons for the New England Patriots. ... Leonard Russell is a former American Football running back who played for the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos. ... Antowain Smith (born March 14, 1972 in Millbrook, Alabama) is an American Football player who currently plays running back for the New Orleans Saints of the NFL. Smith has previously played for the Buffalo Bills and the New England Patriots. ... John Michael Smith (born December 30, 1949, in Leafield, England) is a retired American football placekicker. ... John Stephens (born February 23, 1966 in Shreveport, Louisiana) is a former American professional football player who was selected by the New England Patriots in the 1st round (17th overall) of the 1988 NFL Draft. ... This section called Early Life does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Mosiula Faasuka Tatupu (born April 26, 1955 in Pago Pago, American Samoa) is a former National Football League running back who played for the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams, in a fifteen-year career. ... Andre Bernard Tippett (born December 27, 1959), is a former American football linebacker who played for the New England Patriots of the NFL. // Tippett was born in Birmingham, Alabama. ... Randel Edward Randy Vataha, (born December 4, 1948 in Santa Monica, California), was a wide receiver who played seven seasons in the NFL. // Vataha, a wide receiver, was one of Jim Plunketts favorite receiving targets at Stanford. ... Garin Lee Veris (born February 27, 1963 in Chillicothe, Ohio) was a defensive lineman in the NFL, mainly for the New England Patriots. ... Adam Matthew Vinatieri (born December 28, 1972 in Yankton, South Dakota) is an American football placekicker currently playing for the Indianapolis Colts. ... Damien Woody is an all-pro NFL center who before playing with the Detroit Lions played with the New England Patriots. ...

All-time first-round draft picks

City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Nautical Blue, New Century Silver, Red, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Bill Belichick (de facto) Mascot Pat Patriot League/Conference affiliations American Football League (1960–69) Eastern Division (1960–69) National Football League (1970–present... Ron Burton aka NIGGER BOY (July 25, 1936 - September 13, 2003) became a college All-American running back at Northwestern University, a member of the Northwestern Hall of Fame, and a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. ... Ronald Jack Mix was born on March 10, 1938, in Los Angeles, California. ... Harvey Talbert White (born March 3, 1938) was an American football player. ... Thomas Cyril Mason (born July 8, 1939 in Lake Charles, Louisiana) is an American football player. ... Gary James Collins (born August 20, 1940) is a retired American football wide receiver and punter who played for the Cleveland Browns from 1962 to 1971. ... Arthur Graham (born March 6, 1941 in Somerville, Massachusetts) is a former professional American football player who played wide receiver for six seasons in the AFL for the Boston Patriots. ... John Joseph Concannon, Jr. ... John Charles (born May 9, 1944) is a former American football cornerback and safety who played eight seasons in the National Football League. ... Ron Jingle Joints Sellers (born February 5, 1947 in Jacksonville, Florida) was a NFL player who played for the Boston/New England Patriots and Dallas Cowboys as a wide receiver. ... Phil Olsen is a former center and defensive tackle in the National Football League for the Los Angeles Rams and Denver Broncos. ... Jim Plunkett on the February 15, 1971 cover of Sports Illustrated James W. Jim Plunkett (born December 5, 1947 in San Jose, California) is a retired American football player. ... John Allen Hog Hannah (born April 4, 1951) is an American former football left guard who played for the New England Patriots (1973–1985). ... Sam Cunningham (born August 15, 1950, in Santa Barbara, CA) is a retired American football fullback. ... This section called Early Life does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Russell Ross Francis (born April 3, 1953 in Seattle, Washington), was a former professional football player who was drafted by the New England Patriots in the 1st round (16th pick) of the 1975 NFL Draft. ... Michael James Haynes (born July 1, 1953 in Denison, Texas) is an American former National Football League cornerback who played for the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Raiders. ... Peter Anthony Brock (born July 14, 1954 in Portland, Oregon) was a center and guard who played twelve professional seasons with the NFL New England Patriots. ... Tim Fox is a former American Football safety who played for the New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers and the Los Angeles Rams. ... Raymond DeWayne Clayborn(Born in 1955) is a former American Football defensive back who played for the New England Patriots(1977-1989) and Cleveland Browns(1990, 1991) in the NFL. Before his NFL career, he played for the University of Texas Clayborn had a superb career with the Patriots, making... Stanley Morgan is a former NFL wide receiver who played for the New England Patriots. ... Robert Cryder (born September 7, 1956 in OFallon, Illinois) is an American former football offensive guard who played in the NFL from (1978–1986). ... Richard Sanford (born January 9, 1957 in Rock Hill, South Carolina) is a former American football defensive back in the NFL for the New England Patriots, and Seattle Seahawks. ... Roland Orlando James (born February 18, 1958 in Xenia, Ohio), is a former American Football defensive back who was selected by the New England Patriots in the 1st round of the 1980 NFL Draft. ... Vagas Ferguson was a star running back for the University of Notre Dame who continued on to the National Football League for three seasons with the New England Patriots, who drafted him in the first round, the Cleveland Browns, and the Houston Oilers. ... Brian Douglass Holloway (born July 25, 1959) was an offensive tackle for the New England Patriots and Los Angeles Raiders in the National Football League from 1981 to 1988. ... Kenneth Wayne Sims (born October 31, 1959 in Kosse, Texas), is a former American professional football player who was selected by the New England Patriots as the first overall pick in the 1982 NFL Draft. ... Lester Williams (born January 19, 1959 in Miami, Florida) was a defensive lineman in the NFL, mainly for the New England Patriots. ... Charles Carroll Tony Eason, IV (born October 8, 1959 in Blythe, California) was an American football quarterback who played in the National Football League for the New England Patriots and New York Jets. ... Irving Dale Fryar (born September 28, 1962) is a former American Football wide receiver. ... Trevor Anthony Matich (born October 9, 1961 in Sacramento, California) was a National Football League offensive lineman from 1985 through 1996. ... Reggie Dupard (born October 30, 1963 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a former American football running back. ... Bruce Armstrong was an offensive tackle for the New England Patriots in the National Football League from 1987 to 2000, playing all fourteen seasons with the Patriots. ... John Milton Stephens (born February 23, 1966 in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA) is a former American professional football player who was selected by the New England Patriots in the 1st round (17th overall) of the 1988 NFL Draft. ... Hart Lee Dykes (born September 2, 1966 in Bay City, Texas) is a former professional American football player who played wide receiver for two seasons for the New England Patriots. ... Chris Singleton (February 20, 1967) is an NFL linebacker who played for the New England Patriots (1990-1992, 1993) and the Miami Dolphins (1993, 1994-1996). ... Ray Agnew (born 12/9/1967) is a former defensive tackle in the NFL. He was drafted by the New England Patriots with the 10th pick of the 1st round of the 1990 NFL Draft. ... Pat Harlow is a retired American football offensive tackle. ... Leonard Russell is a former American Football running back who played for the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos. ... Yon Eugene Chung (born June 14, 1969 in Prince Georges County, Maryland) was a former American football offensive lineman in the National Football League. ... Drew McQueen Bledsoe (born February 14, 1972) is a former American football quarterback in the NFL known best for his almost eight years of starting for the New England Patriots. ... Willie McGinest William Lee McGinest, Jr, (born December 11, 1971 in Long Beach, California), is an American Football linebacker for the Cleveland Browns. ... Tajuan Ty Law (born February 10, 1974 in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania) is an American football cornerback who currently plays with the Kansas City Chiefs of the National Football League. ... Terrell Tyree Glenn (born July 23, 1974 in Columbus, Ohio) is an American football wide receiver who currently plays for the Dallas Cowboys of the NFL. // Glenn attended Brookhaven High School in Columbus, Ohio and was a three-year letterman in football, basketball, and track, and a two-year letterman... Christopher Shawn Patrick Canty (born March 30, 1976 in Long Beach, California) is a former American football cornerback in the NFL. He played four seasons for the New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints, and Seattle Seahawks. ... Robert Lee Edwards, III (born October 2, 1974 in Tennille, Georgia, USA) is a professional football running back who currently plays for the Canadian Football League Montreal Alouettes. ... Tebucky Shermai Jones (born October 6, 1974 in New Britain, CT) is a safety in his eighth year. ... Damien Woody is an all-pro NFL center who before playing with the Detroit Lions played with the New England Patriots. ... Andy Katzenmoyer was a Butkus Award-winning middle linebacker for the Ohio State Buckeyes. ... Richard Vershaun Seymour (born October 6, 1979 in Gadsden, South Carolina) is an American football defensive lineman for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... Daniel Graham (born November 16, 1978 in Torrance, California) is an American football tight end who plays for the Denver Broncos of the NFL. // Growing up in Denver, Colorado Graham attended Thomas Jefferson High School. ... Tyron Markeith Warren (born February 6, 1981 in Bryan, Texas) is a defensive end for the New England Patriots. ... Vincent Lamar Wilfork (born November 4, 1981 in Boynton Beach, Florida) is an American football defensive tackle who currently plays for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... Benjamin Watson (born December 18, 1980) in Norfolk, Virginia is an American football player for the New England Patriots. ... Logan Mankins (born March 10, 1982 in Catheys Valley, California) is an American football offensive lineman for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... Laurence Maroney (born February 5, 1985 in St. ... This article contains a trivia section. ...

Coaches of note

Head coaches

Lou Saban (born October 13, 1921), a legendary coach in the American Football League, played college football at Indiana University where he was named All-Big Ten as a quarterback one year and All-Big Ten as a fullback in another. ... Mike Holovak (born September 19, 1919) is a former football player, coach and executive who served as a head coach at the collegiate level with Boston College, then handled similar duties with the American Football Leagues Boston Patriots from 1961-1968. ... Clive Rush was the head coach of the New England Patriots during the 1969 and 1970 seasons. ... John Mazur was the head coach for the New England Patriots from 1970 to 1972. ... John Phillip Bengtson (b. ... Chuck Fairbanks was a head coach for the National Football Leagues New England Patriots. ... Ron Erhardt (born February 27, 1932) was a football coach at both the collegiate and professional levels, and from 1979-1981, served as head coach of the National Football Leagues New England Patriots. ... Ron Meyer is a former College and Professional Football Coach. ... Raymond Emmett Berry (born February 27, 1933 in Corpus Christi, Texas) was an American football wide receiver. ... Rod Rust is a former head coach of the New England Patriots. ... Coach Mac in 2003 Dick McPherson was the Head Coach of the Syracuse University Orangemen football team from 1981-1991. ... Duane Charles Bill Parcells (born August 22, 1941 in Englewood, New Jersey), nicknamed The Big Tuna, is a retired American football head coach, last coaching the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League. ... Peter C. Carroll (born September 15, 1951, in San Francisco, California) is the current head coach of the University of Southern California Trojans football team, having held that position since 2001. ... William Stephen Belichick (born April 16, 1952 in Nashville, Tennessee) is the American football head coach for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ...

Current staff

New England Patriots staff
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Front Office

Head Coaches Robert Kraft Robert K. Kraft, (born June 5, 1941 in Brookline, Massachusetts) is the owner of National Football Leagues New England Patriots and Major League Soccers New England Revolution, as well as the stadium where they play, Gillette Stadium. ... Jonathan A. Kraft is the president of the New England Patriots, owner/investor of the New England Revolution, and both president and chief operating officer of the Kraft Group. ... City Foxborough, Massachusetts Other nicknames The Pats Team colors Blue, Red, Silver, and White Head Coach Bill Belichick Owner Robert Kraft General manager Scott Pioli Fight song None Mascot Pat Patriot Local radio Flagship stations: WBCN 104. ...

Offensive Coaches William Stephen Belichick (born April 16, 1952 in Nashville, Tennessee) is the American football head coach for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... Dante Scarnecchia (born February 14, 1948 in Los Angeles, California) is the American football offensive line coach and assistant head coach for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... Bill OBrien (born October 23, 1969 in Andover, Massachusetts) is the current American football offensive assistant coach for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ...

 

Defensive Coaches Josh McDaniels is the current offensive coordinator and former quarterbacks coach for the NFLs New England Patriots. ... Ivan Fears is a National Football League runningbacks coach for the New England Patriots. ... Nick Caserio (born in Westlake, Ohio) is the current American football wide receivers coach for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... Pete Mangurian (born June 17, 1955 in Los Angeles, California) is the American football tight ends coach for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ...

Special Teams Coaches Dean Pees (born September 4, 1949 in Dunkirk, Ohio) is the current American football defensive coordinator for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... Pepper Johnson (born 1964) is a former American Football linebacker who played thirteen seasons with the New York Giants, the Cleveland Browns, the Detroit Lions, and the New York Jets from 1986 to 1998 in the National Football League. ... Matt Patricia (born September 13, 1974 in Sherrill, New York) is the current American football linebackers coach for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... Joel Collier (born December 25, 1963 in Buffalo, New York) is the current American football defensive backs coach for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ...

Strength and Conditioning Brad Seely (born September 6, 1956 in Vinton, Iowa) is the American football special teams coach for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ...


Coaching Staff
More NFL staffs Mike Woicik (born September 26, 1956, in Baltimore, Maryland) is an American football strength and conditioning coach currently with the New England Patriots. ... Harold Nash (born May 5, 1970 in New Orleans, Louisiana) is a current American football assistant strength and conditioning coach for the New England Patriots of the National Football League. ... Don Davis (born December 17, 1972 in Olathe, Kansas) is an American football player who currently plays linebacker for the New England Patriots. ... The following is a list of current National Football League (NFL) team staffs: // Categories: | ...

Cheerleaders

The Patriots NFL Cheerleaders are simply known as the The Patriots Cheerleaders. In 2005, cheerleader Kristin Gauvin won Miss Massachusetts, in part from her local commitment with the Patriots. For many NFL teams, their franchise also includes a cheerleading squad. ... The Miss Massachusetts competition is the pageant that selects the representative for the state of Massachusetts in the Miss America pageant. ...


Radio and television

As of 2006, the Patriots' flagship radio station is WBCN 104.1FM, owned by CBS Radio. The larger radio network is called the "Patriots Rock Radio Network," whose 35 affiliate stations span over 7 states. Gil Santos and Gino Cappelletti are the longtime announcing team. // For an extensive coverage see 2006 in athletics (track and field) May 12 — Justin Gatlin equals the 100m world record. ... WBCN 104. ... CBS Radio Inc. ... Gil Santos is the longtime radio play-by-play announcer for the New England Patriots of the National Football League, and morning sports reporter for WBZ radio in Boston. ... Gino Cappelletti (born March 26, 1934) is a former American college and professional football player who currently works as a radio announcer. ...


Any preseason games not on national television are shown on ABC affiliate WCVB, channel 5. Don Criqui has been the play-by-play announcer the last several years, with Randy Cross as an analyst and Mike Lynch as a reporter. The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ... WCVB-TV is the ABC affiliate in Boston, Massachusetts. ... Don Criqui is an American football commentator for CBS, primarily working NFL games, and as of May 15, 2006, radio play-by-play man for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. ... Play-by-play, in broadcasting, is a North American term and means the reporting of a sporting event with a voiceover describing the details of the action of the game in progress. ... Randy Cross (b. ...


Notes and references

  1. ^ ESPN.com An example of the "Pats" nickname being used within sports reports. Accessed 26 January 2006.
  2. ^ Patriots History Accessed 26 January 2006.
  3. ^ Jim Nance statistics Accessed 25 January 2006.
  4. ^ NFL MVP player of the year Accessed 25 January 2006.
  5. ^ Heisman trophy winners Accessed 25 January 2006.
  6. ^ 1971 NFL draft Accessed 25 January 2006.
  7. ^ Top 100 Players: 13 - John Hannah. Information on John Hannah's career, including a list of awards, which features the 1991 NFL Hall of Fame induction. Accessed 29 January 2006.
  8. ^ 1985 New England Patriots Statistics. Features information on the Patriots' wins during the 1985 season and playoffs. Accessed 26 January 2006.
  9. ^ Book discussing various aspects of the Patriots sports franchise Website accessed January 31, 2006.
  10. ^ Patriots Change Hands. Associated Press article, published on October 29, 1988. Website accessed February 1, 2006.
  11. ^ Sports Encyclopedia. Kiam owned 51% and Murray 49%. Information relating to Kiam's purchasing of the Patriots in the late 1980s. Accessed January 31, 2006.
  12. ^ Patriots Change Hands. Associated Press article, published on October 29, 1988. Website accessed February 1, 2006.
  13. ^ Michael Holley. Patriots Reign, 1st ed. HC, HarperCollins. 
  14. ^ Patriots History. Information relating to Kraft purchasing Sullivan Stadium and renaming it Foxboro stadium. Accessed January 31, 2006.
  15. ^ Lisa Olsen sexual harassment scandal Accessed 31 January 2006.
  16. ^ Patriots History. Orthwein takes over the franchise, which sparks controversy over a possible franchise relocation. Accessed 31 January 2006.
  17. ^ Patriots.com Robert Kraft Biography. Biographical info on Kraft including events leading up to the buyout. Accessed 3 April 2007
  18. ^ Patriots History. Kraft takes over in 1994, saving the team from a move. Accessed 31 January 2006.
  19. ^ Michael Holley. Patriot Reign, 1st ed. HC, HarperCollins, 26. 
  20. ^ Michael Holley. Patriots Reign, 1st ed. HC, HarperCollins, 30. 
  21. ^ Michael Holley. Patriots Reign, 1st ed. HC, HarperCollins. 
  22. ^ Boston.com "Crowd size could be in the eye of the beholder." Accessed 5 June 2007.
  23. ^ CT.gov Story on Kraft moving the team to Hartford. Accessed 18 April 2006.
  24. ^ Sportslawnews.com Information on the reversal of the Hartford deal. Accessed 18 April 2006.
  25. ^ Information about Gillette Stadium Accessed 31 January, 2006
  26. ^ Additional information about Gillette Stadium Accessed 31 January, 2006
  27. ^ Attendance information from 1980- Accessed 1 February 2006
  28. ^ Specific information on 2003- Sell-out streak Accessed 1 February 2006
  29. ^ Patriots History. Logo design information. Accessed 26 January 2006.
  30. ^ Patriots History. Logo naming information. Accessed 26 January 2006.
  31. ^ i-NFL Helmet Information relating to the evolution of the Patriots' helmets. Accessed 28 January 2006.
  32. ^ Patriots History. Changes. Accessed 26 January 2006.
  33. ^ NFLHistory.net Information on the Patriots' ownership, including the start of the "Flying Elvis" logo. Accessed 26 January 2006.
  34. ^ NFLHistory.net Color changes; one of the colors is called "Patriot" blue by this source. Accessed 28 January 2006.
  35. ^ i-NFL Helmet. Mention of helmet and uniform changes in 2000. Accessed 30 January 2006.
  36. ^ Hall of Fame Information on the Patriots' retired numbers and Hall of Famers. Accessed 26 January 2006.

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See also

The following is a list of National Football League teams with the most consecutive (active) seasons appearing in the playoffs. ... The Kraft Group is a group of privately held companies in the professional sports, manufacturing, and real-estate development industries doing business in 82 countries[1]. Founded in 1998 by Robert Kraft as a holding group, it is comprised of the following companies: Kraft Sports Group New England Patriots, LP...

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In 2001 Patriot quarterback Drew Bledsoe was injured early in the season on a hit by Jets linebacker Mo Lewis, and was replaced by Tom Brady, who led the team into the playoffs with an 11–5 record.
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