New England Patriots The American Football Team

New England Patriots The American Football Team

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The New England Patriots are a professional American football team based in the Greater Boston region. The Patriots compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league’s American Football Conference (AFC) East division. The team plays its home games at Gillette Stadium in the town of Fox borough, Massachusetts, which is located 21 miles (34 km) southwest of downtown Boston and 20 miles (32 km) northeast of downtown Providence, Rhode Island. The Patriots are also headquartered at Gillette Stadium.The New England Patriots are a professional American football team based in the Greater Boston region. The Patriots compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league’s American Football Conference (AFC) East division. The team plays its home games at Gillette Stadium in the town of Foxborough, Massachusetts, which is located 21 miles (34 km) southwest of downtown Boston and 20 miles (32 km) northeast of downtown Providence, Rhode Island. The Patriots are also headquartered at Gillette Stadium.

New England Patriots Players

1.Tom Brady
Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr born in 1977 and signed a contract with Patriots in 2000 NFL draft. He is one of the two player (other being Charles Haley) who had won fiver super bowls and only quarterback to win five. Throughout his career with Patriots, he had earned distinguished records including 5 Super Bowl wins, two league MVP’s and 4 super bowl MVP’s.

02.Troy Brown
Patriots selected him  in the 8th round of the NFL draft in 1993. His first year as starter was in 2000. Along with Tom Brady in 2001 led the Patriots to Super Bowl and earning his trip to Pro Bowl. Brown is also know as the all time leading punt returner and second Patriot in receptions
03.John Hannah

Nincknamed as “Hog” played for New England Patriots for 12 years in NFL. Hannah had excelled as a run blocker and pass protector in his football career. He became the first Patriot who was  in to the Pro Bowl- Hall of Fame. He secured 3rd rank of Top 10 New England Patriots Players All Time

04.Rob Gronkowski
“Gronk” grew in Nee York and joined Patriots in 2010 with a four year contract. He is notable for his fun loving personality. He also ranked as 9th of top player list of NFL in 2016.

05.Mike Haynes
Played as cornerback for Patriots. With his speed and range he became a best punt return specialist and an outstanding defensive back. In 1976, he played as a rookie with eight interception and the same year also won the defensive rookie of the year.

06.Ty Law
Won three Super Bowls with Patriot and signed the contract in 1995. He is also  one of the best defensive back of all time and was 20th member in the Patriots Hall of Fame. In 2005 he was released by Patriots and since then Law represented Patriots in few games as an honorary team captain.Law has been 6th of Top 10 New England Patriots Players All Time.

07.Andre Tippett
Born in Alabama and was drafted by NFL in 1982. Was a linebacker and currently he is the executive director of community affairs for Patriots. He was awarded twice as defensive player of the week. He spent his entire 12 year career span with Patriots.

08.Steve Nelson
Played for New England Patriots between 1974-1987 and became the center of the Patriots defense. After his retirement,  he coached for the team until Curry College got into the role. Recently he became a wel known football analyst and has been coming on local TV shows and radios.

09.Stanley Morgan
Born in South Carolina and one of the greatest receiver in Patriots. He played 13 seasons with Patriots and played one season with Indianapolis Colts.He is the 9th of Top 10 New England Patriots Players All Time.

10.Adam Vinatieri
He had played four super bowls with Patriots. He holds the record of highest super bowl appearances and four super bowl wins amongst the placekickers. People  call him “Mr. Clutch” due to his success rate when kicking under pressure during his tenure with NFL. People named him as “Automatic Adam” for his accuracy and “Iceman” for his control under pressure.

Statistics:

Record: 4-2-0, 1st AFC East Division  (Schedule and Results)Coach: Bill Belichick (4-2-0)Points For: 172 (28.7/g) 5th of 32Points Against: 159 (26.5/g) 30th of 32Expected W-L: 3.3-2.7SRS: 6.61 (5th of 32),  SOS: 4.45Offensive Coordinator: Josh McDanielsDefensive Coordinator: Matt PatriciaStadium: Gillette StadiumHead Coach/de facto General Manager: Bill BelichickChairman/CEO: Robert KraftOffensive Scheme: Erhardt-PerkinsDefensive Alignment: 4-3Training Camp: Gillette Stadium (Foxborough, Massachusetts).

Stadium:

Since 2002, the New England Patriots home stadium has been Gillette Stadium, a $350 million facility privately financed by Kraft. It houses all administrative offices for the team and its owning entity, The Kraft Group, as well as the Kraft-owned Major League Soccer team, the New England Revolution. The field, which was originally natural grass, was replaced with a Field Turf surface during the 2006 season. The area around the stadium was developed, beginning in 2007, into a $375 million “lifestyle and entertainment center” called Patriot Place; among its largest structures is a multi-floor restaurant and bar called CBS Scene.

Prior to 2002, the New England Patriots played in Foxboro Stadium dating back to 1971, the team’s second year in the NFL after the AFL–NFL merger. During the team’s days in the American Football League, the Boston Patriots were hosted by a number of fields in or around Boston—they played at Braves Field, Harvard Stadium, Fenway Park, and Alumni Stadium.

New England Patriots Franchise History

On November 16, 1959, Boston business 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 the “Boston Patriots”. Immediately thereafter, artist Phil Bissell of The Boston Globe developed the “Pat Patriot” logo.
The New England Patriots struggled for most of their years in the AFL, and they never had a regular home stadium. Nickerson Field, Harvard Stadium, Fenway Park, and Alumni Stadium all served as home fields during their time in the American Football League. They played in only one AFL championship game, following the 1963 season, in which they lost to the San Diego Chargers 51–10. They did not appear again in an AFL or NFL post-season game for another 13 years.

When the NFL and AFL merged in 1970, the Patriots were placed in the American Football Conference (AFC) East division, where they still play today. The following year, the Patriots moved to a new stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, which would serve as their home for the next 30 years. As a result of the move, they announced they would change their name from the Boston Patriots to the Bay State Patriots. The name was rejected by the NFL and on March 22, 1971, the team officially announced they would change its geographic name to New England Patriots.

During the 1970s, the Patriots had some success, earning a berth to the playoffs in 1976—as a wild card team—and in 1978—as AFC East champions. They lost in the first round both times. In 1985, they returned to the playoffs, and made it all the way to Super Bowl XX, which they lost to the Chicago Bears 46–10. Following their Super Bowl loss, they returned to the playoffs in 1986, but lost in the first round. The team would not make the playoffs again for eight more years. During the 1990 season, the Patriots went 1–15. They changed ownership three times in the ensuing 14 years, being purchased from the Sullivan family first by Victor Kiam in 1988, who sold the team to James Orthwein in 1992. Orthwein intended to move the team to his native St. Louis, Missouri (where it would have been renamed as the St. Louis Stallions), but instead sold the team in 1994 to its current owner Robert Kraft.

Though Orthwein’s period as owner was short and controversial, he did oversee major changes to the team, first with the hiring of former New York Giants coach Bill Parcells in 1993. Orthwein and his marketing team also commissioned the NFL to develop a new visual identity and logo, and changed their primary colors from the traditional red, white and blue to blue and silver for the team uniforms. Parcells would bring the Patriots to two playoff appearances, including Super Bowl XXXI, which they lost to the Green Bay Packers by a score of 35–21. Pete Carroll, Parcells’s successor, would also take the team to the playoffs twice in 1997 & 1998 before being dismissed as head coach after the 1999 season.

The New England Patriots current coach, Bill Belichick, was hired in 2000, and a new home field, Gillette Stadium, was opened in 2002. Under Belichick, the team won three Super Bowls in four years (2001, 2003, and 2004). The Patriots finished the 2007 regular season with a perfect 16–0 record, becoming only the fourth team in league history to go undefeated in the regular season, and the only one since the league expanded its regular season schedule to 16 games. After advancing to Super Bowl XLII, the team’s fourth Super Bowl in seven years, the Patriots were defeated by the Giants to end their bid for a 19–0 season. With the loss, the Patriots ended the year at 18–1, becoming only one of three teams to go 18–1 along with the 1984 San Francisco 49ers and the 1985 Chicago Bears. The Patriots’ returned to the Super Bowl in 2012 but lost again to the Giants, 21–17. In 2015, they won Super Bowl XLIX, defeating the Seattle Seahawks by a score of 28–24. The Patriots became the first team to reach nine Super Bowls in the 2016–17 playoffs and faced the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI, which ended up paving the way for their fifth Super Bowl victory, tying them with the Dallas Cowboys and the San Francisco 49ers for the second-most in NFL history, 1 behind the Pittsburgh Steelers with 6; the game was also the first Super Bowl to go into overtime.

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