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New England Patriots
The New England Patriots are a professional American football team based in the Greater Boston region. The Patriots compete in the National Football League

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New England Patriots Current season Established November 16, 1959; 57 years ago (November 16, 1959)
Based in Foxborough since 1971

First season: 1960
Play in and headquartered in Gillette Stadium
Foxborough, Massachusetts Logo Wordmark League/conference affiliations

American Football League (1960–1969)

  • Eastern Division (1960–1969)

National Football League (1970–present)

  • American Football Conference (1970–present)
    • AFC East (1970–present)
Current uniform Team colors

Navy Blue, Red, Silver, White

                    Mascot Pat Patriot Personnel Owner(s) Robert Kraft Chairman Robert Kraft CEO Robert Kraft President Jonathan Kraft General manager Bill Belichick (de facto) Head coach Bill Belichick Team history
  • Boston Patriots (1960–1970)
  • Bay State Patriots (1971)
  • New England Patriots (1971–present)
Team nicknames
  • The Pats
Championships

League championships (5)

  • Super Bowl championships (5)
    2001 (XXXVI), 2003 (XXXVIII), 2004 (XXXIX), 2014 (XLIX), 2016 (LI)

Conference championships (9)

  • AFC: 1985, 1996, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2011, 2014, 2016

Division championships (19)

  • AFL East: 1963
  • AFC East: 1978, 1986, 1996, 1997, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Playoff appearances (24)
  • AFL: 1963
  • NFL: 1976, 1978, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
Home fields
  • Nickerson Field (1960–1962)
  • Fenway Park (1963–1968)
  • Alumni Stadium (1969)
  • Harvard Stadium (1970)
  • Foxboro Stadium (1971–2001)
  • Gillette Stadium (2002–present)

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.

An original member of the American Football League (AFL), the Patriots joined the NFL in the 1970 merger of the two leagues. The team changed its name from the original Boston Patriots after relocating to Foxborough in 1971. The Patriots played their home games at Foxboro Stadium from 1971 to 2001, then moved to Gillette Stadium at the start of the 2002 season. The Patriots' rivalry with the New York Jets is considered one of the most bitter rivalries in the NFL.

The Patriots have appeared in the Super Bowl nine times in franchise history, the most of any team, seven of them since the arrival of head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady in 2000. The Patriots have since become one of the most successful teams in NFL history, winning 14 AFC East titles in 16 seasons since 2001, without a losing season in that period. The franchise has since set numerous notable records, including most wins in a ten-year period (126, in 2003–2012), an undefeated 16-game regular season in 2007, the longest winning streak consisting of regular season and playoff games in NFL history (a 21-game streak from October 2003 to October 2004), and the most consecutive division titles won by a team in NFL history (won eight straight division titles from 2009 to 2016). The team owns the record for most Super Bowls reached (seven) and won (five) by a head coach–quarterback tandem. The Patriots are tied with the 49ers and Cowboys for the second most Super Bowl wins with five. The Steelers are in front with six.

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

Contents
  • 1 Franchise history
    • 1.1 Season-by-season records
    • 1.2 Records
  • 2 Rivalries
    • 2.1 New York Jets
    • 2.2 Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts
    • 2.3 Buffalo Bills
    • 2.4 Miami Dolphins
    • 2.5 Baltimore Ravens
  • 3 Controversies
    • 3.1 "Spygate"
    • 3.2 "Deflategate"
  • 4 Strategy
  • 5 Stadium
  • 6 Logos and uniforms
    • 6.1 Logos
    • 6.2 Uniforms
      • 6.2.1 1960–1992
      • 6.2.2 1993–present
      • 6.2.3 Alternate uniforms
  • 7 Players
    • 7.1 Current roster
    • 7.2 Retired numbers
    • 7.3 New England Patriots Hall of Fame members
    • 7.4 All-decade teams
      • 7.4.1 1960s (AFL)
      • 7.4.2 1970s, 1980s, 1990s
      • 7.4.3 2000s
    • 7.5 Anniversary teams
      • 7.5.1 35th anniversary (1994)
      • 7.5.2 50th anniversary (2009)
    • 7.6 All-time first-round draft picks
  • 8 Coaches
    • 8.1 Head coaches
    • 8.2 Current staff
  • 9 Culture
    • 9.1 Cheerleaders and mascot
    • 9.2 Radio and television
  • 10 See also
  • 11 Notes and references
  • 12 Further reading
  • 13 External links

Franchise history For more details on this topic, see History of the New England Patriots. "Pat Patriot" logo, used through 1992.

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 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.

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 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.

Season-by-season records For more details on this topic, see List of New England Patriots seasons. Sam "Bam" Cunningham is the franchise's all-time leading rusher Records All-time Patriots leaders Leader Player Record number Years played for Patriots Passing Tom Brady 61,582 passing yards 2000–present Rushing Sam Cunningham 5,453 rushing yards 1973–1982 Receiving Stanley Morgan 10,352 receiving yards 1977–1989 Scoring Stephen Gostkowski 1,457 points 2006–present Coaching wins Bill Belichick 201 wins 2000–present Rivalries Super Bowl banners at Gillette Stadium prior to the Patriots winning Super Bowl XLIX

In terms of number of games played, the Patriots have competed most against teams either currently or formerly from the AFC East division. This includes the current teams, the New York Jets, the Miami Dolphins, and the Buffalo Bills, as well as former divisional opponents the Indianapolis Colts. Among those, however, a few run deeper than others.

New York Jets Main article: Jets–Patriots rivalry Patriots' head coach Bill Belichick was "traded" from the Jets to the Patriots in 2000

The closest geographically has been the rivalry with the New York Jets. The Patriots and Jets have been in the same division (what is now the AFC East) since both teams' foundings in 1960, and have played each other at least twice a year since then. The rivalry between the Jets and Patriots has escalated since 1996, when Patriots head coach Bill Parcells left the Patriots under controversy to become the head coach of the Jets; he was replaced by former Jets coach Pete Carroll. Four years later Carroll was fired, and Parcells's assistant, Bill Belichick, resigned the day he was named the Jets' head coach to become the head coach of the Patriots. Six years after that, Eric Mangini, an assistant under Belichick, became the head coach of the Jets.

Bill Belichick achieved his 200th career head coaching win (regular season and playoffs) on November 22, 2012, defeating the Jets 49–19; it was his 163rd such win as Patriots coach. The Patriots defeated the Jets in Week seven of the 2015 season by a score of 30–23, to give them a 6–0 record to date.

Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts Main article: Colts–Patriots rivalry

The Patriots rivalry with the Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts ran through the two clubs' tenure together in the AFC East (1970–2001). The two clubs clashed in several close games, such as on December 19, 1971, as a late Patriots touchdown decided a 21–17 New England win; on September 18, 1978, the Colts rallied to defeat the Patriots 34–27 on Monday Night Football on a virtual one-man scoring rampage by running back Joe Washington; on September 4, 1983, the Colts defeated the Patriots in overtime 29–23 in their final season in Baltimore. The Patriots defeated the Colts in back-to-back overtime games, 23–17 on December 8, 1991, and 37–34 on November 15, 1992.

The Pats facing the Colts in 2011

Even though the two clubs were placed in separate divisions in the NFL's 2002 divisional realignment, their rivalry did not diminish. At that time, both teams were among the best in the AFC, and both were led by likely Hall of Fame quarterbacks, Peyton Manning (for the Colts) and Tom Brady (for the Patriots) The teams met three times in four years (2003, 2004, 2006) in the playoffs, with the winner going on to win that season's Super Bowl each time. The Manning portion of the rivalry began in Manning's rookie season, 1998; in 1999 Manning suffered a bitter 31–28 loss in September as the Patriots behind Drew Bledsoe erased a 28–7 Colts lead, then defeated the Patriots 20–15 in Indianapolis on December 12. The Brady–Manning portion of the rivalry began on September 30, 2001, as Brady made his first NFL start in a 44–13 Patriots win at Foxboro; on October 21 the Patriots defeated the Colts at the RCA Dome 38–17.

After the Colts left the AFC East in 2002, they first met on November 30, 2003, in a 38–34 Patriots win decided on a last-second goal line stand by the Patriots. The Colts broke a six-game Patriot winning streak in the rivalry in November 2005, then won twice in 2006; in the AFC Championship Game the Colts erased a 21–6 halftime lead; the game lead tied or changed seven times in the second half before a late touchdown led to a 38–34 Colts win. The November 4, 2007, meeting involved both teams being unbeaten to that point; the 8–0 Patriots and the 7–0 Colts. The Patriots rallied to win 24–20. The Colts won again in 2008 and then erased a large Patriots lead in 2009's 4th and 2 game. Manning's final meeting with the Patriots as a Colt came in November 2010; a late interception sealed a 31–28 Patriots win. In 2012, the Patriots faced the Colts, quarterbacked now by Andrew Luck, on November 18; the Patriots defeated the Colts 59–24. The Patriots also beat the Colts on January 12, 2014, 43–22. The Patriots played the Colts in the playoffs again on January 18, 2015, in the AFC title game, winning 45–7.

Buffalo Bills Main article: Bills–Patriots rivalry Miami Dolphins Main article: Dolphins–Patriots rivalry Baltimore Ravens

The Ravens first met the New England Patriots in 1996, but the rivalry truly started in 2007 when the Ravens suffered a bitter 27–24 loss in the Patriots' quest for perfection. The rivalry began to escalate in 2009 when the Ravens lost to the Patriots 27–21 in a game that involved a confrontation between Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs. Both players would go on to take verbal shots at each other through the media after the game. The Ravens defeated the Patriots in the 2009 AFC Wild Card playoff game, 33–14. This was the first time the Ravens had ever defeated the Patriots. The Ravens faced the Patriots in week six of the 2010 season. The Patriots ended up winning 23–20 in overtime; the game caused controversy from a hit to the helmet of tight end Todd Heap by Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather.

Tom Brady has a career record of 8–3 against the Ravens

The Ravens played the Patriots for the third consecutive season in the 2012 AFC championship game, which the Ravens lost 23–20. The rivalry reached a new level of friction with this, the second career playoff game between the two clubs. The Ravens clawed to a 20–16 lead in the fourth quarter, but Patriots quarterback Tom Brady dove into the end zone to make the score 23–20 with around 11 minutes remaining; this proved to be the winning touchdown. On the Ravens' last possession of the game, quarterback Joe Flacco threw a pass to wide receiver Lee Evans in the corner of the end zone which looked to be the game-winning touchdown, before a last-second strip by Sterling Moore forced the ball from the hands of Evans, forcing the game to be decided on a last-minute field goal by Ravens placekicker Billy Cundiff. With 11 seconds remaining on the clock, the kicker missed the 32-yard field goal attempt, allowing the Patriots to kill the clock on their way to Super Bowl XLVI for a rematch with the New York Giants.

The Ravens' first regular-season win over the Patriots came on September 23, 2012. The game was emotional as receiver Torrey Smith was competing following the death of his brother in a motorcycle accident just the night before. Smith caught two touchdowns in a back and forth game; the Ravens erased a 13–0 lead in the first half and led 14–13, but the Patriots scored at the end of the second quarter for a 20–14 lead. The lead changed twice in the third quarter and the Patriots led 30–21 in the fourth, but the Ravens scored on Smith's second touchdown catch. The Ravens were stopped on fourth down but the Patriots had to punt; in the final two minutes a pass interference penalty on Devin McCourty put the ball at the Patriots 7-yard line; new Ravens kicker Justin Tucker booted a 27-yard field goal on the final play; the ball sailed directly over the upright and was ruled good; the quality of officiating by replacement referees caused controversy as Bill Belichick angrily reached for one of the referees as they were leaving the field, leading to a $50,000 fine later that week.

Massachusetts native Robert Kraft has owned the team since 1994

The two teams met again on January 20, 2013, in the AFC Championship, where the Ravens won 28–13. The Patriots led at halftime, 13–7, but the Ravens defense gave up no points in the 2nd half. It was the first time ever that Tom Brady lost a game at home after leading at halftime, and the first time a road team beat the Patriots in the AFC Championship.

The two teams met once again at Gillette Stadium in the playoffs on January 10, 2015. The Patriots trailed by as much as 14 twice, before beating the Ravens 35–31 to advance to the AFC Championship.

Controversies This section needs expansion. You can help by adding to it. (January 2017) "Spygate" Main article: 2007 New England Patriots videotaping controversy "Deflategate" Main article: Deflategate

During the 2015 AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts, allegations arose that the Patriots were utilizing under-inflated footballs. It was even suggested that the Patriots' staff themselves deliberately deflated the footballs to give their team an unfair advantage during the playoffs. A lengthy investigation and heated debate commenced shortly afterwards, with a full report being published in May 2015. The Wells Report found that balls provided by the Patriots, who were the home team, indeed had less pressure on average than the balls provided by the Colts. Also notable was the findings of some suggestions of communication between Tom Brady and two Patriots locker room attendants, indicating Brady was likely "generally aware" of the situation and that the Patriots staff intentionally deflated the footballs.

In the aftermath of the incident, the NFL suspended Brady without pay for the first four games of the 2015 season, fined the Patriots $1 million, and forced them to forfeit their 2016 first round draft pick and 2017 fourth round draft pick. Brady appealed his suspension, which was eventually vacated by the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, only for the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to reinstate it a year later for the 2016 NFL season. Brady eventually agreed to serve the suspension in 2016, but led the Patriots to win Super Bowl LI in spite of it.

Strategy Further information: New England Patriots strategy

Under head coach Bill Belichick, the Patriots have employed specific on-field and off-field strategies. On the field, the Patriots have typically utilized an "Erhardt–Perkins" offense and a "Fairbanks–Bullough" 3–4 defense, referred to commonly as a two-gap 3–4 defensive system. Their philosophy in making personnel decisions and in game planning has focused on the "team" concept, stressing preparation, strong work ethic, versatility, and lack of individual ego. This approach, which has led to five Super Bowl victories under Belichick, was analyzed in the 2004 book Patriot Reign.

When owner Robert Kraft purchased the team in 1994, he did so for $175 million. Since then, the Patriots have sold out every home game in both Foxboro Stadium and Gillette Stadium. By 2009, the value of the franchise had increased by over $1 billion, to a Forbes magazine estimated value of $1.361 billion, third highest in the NFL only behind the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins. As of July 2015, the Patriots are the seventh most valuable sports franchise in the world according to Forbes magazine.

Stadium Main article: Gillette Stadium Gillette Stadium, home of the Patriots

Since 2002, the 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 FieldTurf 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 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.

Logos and uniforms Logos The current New England Patriots wordmark logo, first unveiled on July 3, 2013.

The Patriots original logo was a simple tricorner hat, used only for the 1960 season. From 1961 to 1992, the Patriots used a logo of a Revolutionary War minuteman hiking a football. The Patriots script logo during this time consisted of a western-style font. The minuteman logo became known as the "Pat Patriot" logo, which later became the name of the team's mascot.

In 1993, a new logo was unveiled involving the gray face of a minuteman wearing a red, white and blue hat that begins as a tricorner and transitions into a flowing banner-like design. It became popularly known as the "Flying Elvis". This remains the team's logo today, with the blue being darkened in 2000.

On July 3, 2013, the Patriots unveiled a new wordmark logo.

Uniforms 1960–1992

The Patriots originally wore red jerseys with white block numbering at home, and white jerseys with red block numbering on the road. Both uniforms used white pants and white helmets, first with the hat logo over the player's number, then with the "Pat Patriot" logo starting in 1961. A blue stripe was added to the two red helmet stripes in 1964. The numbers on both the home and away jerseys gained a blue outline in 1973. In 1979, the Patriots began the first of many sporadic runs of wearing red pants with the white jerseys. The red pants were dropped in 1981, but returned in 1984. After being dropped again in 1988, they were used again from 1990 to 1992.

1993–present

The Patriots underwent a complete identity overhaul before the 1993 season, starting with the introduction of the aforementioned "Flying Elvis" logo. The new uniforms consisted of a royal blue home jersey and a white away jersey. The helmet was silver with the Flying Elvis logo and no additional striping. Both uniforms used silver pants, originally with stripes designed to look like those flowing from the Flying Elvis, but these were changed to simple red and blue stripes after one season. When they debuted, both the home and away jerseys used red block numbers with a blue and white outline, but after one season the home uniforms switched to the now-familiar white with a red outline.

In 1995, the Patriots switched the block numbers to a more modern rounded number font with a dropshadow. The Patriots were one of the first adopters of custom numbers, a trend that would grow drastically over the next 20 years.

However, in 2000, the Patriots also became one of the only teams to drop the rounded numbers and switched back to block numbers. Also that year, the shade of blue was darkened from royal to nautical blue. The Patriots, unsatisfied with the white-on-silver road look, also took the opportunity to introduce blue pants to be worn with the white jersey, offering a better contrast. To better match the blue pants, the number on the white jersey was switched from red to blue.

Alternate uniforms

In 1994, the Patriots wore the "Pat Patriot" helmets and plain white striped pants from two seasons prior as alternates as part of the NFL's 75th anniversary celebration. In 2002, NFL teams were allowed to add a permanent third jersey to be worn in a maximum of two games. The Patriots reintroduced a red jersey as their alternate, complimented with the old-style "Pat Patriot" helmet. In 2003, the Patriots changed their alternate to a silver jersey with blue pants. For this uniform, the "Flying Elvis" helmet was utilized. The uniform was identical to the white jersey with any areas of white replaced by silver. These uniforms were dropped after 2007. No alternate uniform was used in 2008. In 2009, the red alternate was reintroduced, again accompanied by the "Pat Patriot" helmet. An alternate white road jersey was also worn with the older helmet for one game, using red numbers, in tribute to the 50th anniversary of the AFL. The red alternate gained a blue outline around the numbers in 2010 and this was worn through 2012. The Patriots retired their alternate red uniforms in 2013, thanks to a new NFL rule outlawing throwback alternate helmets.

In 2016, the Patriots took part in the NFL Color Rush program, wearing monochrome navy uniforms on September 22 against the Houston Texans.

Players Further information: List of New England Patriots players, List of New England Patriots starting quarterbacks, and List of New England Patriots first-round draft picks Current roster New England Patriots roster
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Quarterbacks
  • 12 Tom Brady
  •  7 Jacoby Brissett
  • 10 Jimmy Garoppolo

Running backs

  • 38 Brandon Bolden
  • 34 Rex Burkhead
  • 39 LeShun Daniels
  • 46 James Develin FB
  • 27 D. J. Foster
  • 35 Mike Gillislee
  • 47 Glenn Gronkowski FB
  • 33 Dion Lewis
  • 28 James White

Wide receivers

  • 80 Danny Amendola PR
  • 84 Austin Carr
  • 14 Brandin Cooks
  • 11 Julian Edelman
  • 15 Chris Hogan
  • 81 Cody Hollister
  • 13 Devin Lucien
  • 19 Malcolm Mitchell
  • 18 Matthew Slater

Tight ends

  • 83 Dwayne Allen
  • 85 Sam Cotton
  • 87 Rob Gronkowski
  • 48 Jacob Hollister
  • 82 Matt Lengel
  • 88 James O'Shaughnessy
Offensive linemen
  • 60 David Andrews C
  • 61 Marcus Cannon T
  • 70 Cole Croston T
  • 65 Jamil Douglas G
  • 59 James Ferentz C
  • 71 Cameron Fleming T
  • 63 Antonio Garcia T
  • 76 Andrew Jelks T
  • 75 Ted Karras G
  • 74 Jason King G
  • 69 Shaq Mason G
  • 67 Conor McDermott T
  • 72 Max Rich T
  • 77 Nate Solder T
  • 62 Joe Thuney G
  • 68 LaAdrian Waddle T

Defensive linemen

  • 72 Josh Augusta DT
  • 97 Alan Branch DT
  • 90 Malcom Brown DT
  • 70 Adam Butler DT
  • 94 Kony Ealy DE
  • 98 Trey Flowers DE
  • 92 Geneo Grissom DE
  • 93 Lawrence Guy DT
  • 74 Woodrow Hamilton DT
  • 96 Darius Kilgo DT
  • 95 Derek Rivers DE
  • 99 Vincent Valentine DT
  • 91 Deatrich Wise Jr. DE
Linebackers
  • 44 Trevor Bates OLB
  • 47 Brooks Ellis MLB
  • 55 Jonathan Freeny OLB
  • 45 David Harris OLB
  • 54 Dont'a Hightower MLB
  • 48 Harvey Langi MLB
  • 58 Shea McClellin OLB
  • 50 Rob Ninkovich OLB
  • 52 Elandon Roberts MLB
  • 53 Kyle Van Noy OLB

Defensive backs

  • 21 Malcolm Butler CB
  • 23 Patrick Chung SS
  • 22 Justin Coleman CB
  • 43 Nate Ebner FS
  • 24 Stephon Gilmore CB
  • 30 Duron Harmon FS
  • 41 Cyrus Jones CB/KR
  • 34 David Jones FS
  • 31 Jonathan Jones CB
  • 29 D. J. Killings CB
  • 36 Brandon King SS
  • 33 William Likely CB
  • 32 Devin McCourty FS
  • 42 Kenny Moore CB
  • 37 Jordan Richards SS
  • 25 Eric Rowe CB
  • 27 Dwayne Thomas SS
  • 26 Jason Thompson FS
  • 35 Damarius Travis SS

Special teams

  •  6 Ryan Allen P
  • 49 Joe Cardona LS
  •  3 Stephen Gostkowski K
Reserve lists
  • 66 Chase Farris G (NF-Inj.)
  • 59 Corey Vereen DE (IR)


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John Hannah played on the Pats' offensive line from 1973 to 1985 Retired numbers New England Patriots retired numbers No. Player Position Tenure 20 Gino Cappelletti WR, K 1960–1970 40 Mike Haynes CB 1976–1982 57 Steve Nelson LB 1974–1987 73 John Hannah G 1973–1985 78 Bruce Armstrong T 1987–2000 79 Jim Lee Hunt DL 1960–1971 89 Bob Dee DL 1960–1967 New England Patriots Hall of Fame members

The New England Patriots feature 22 former players and two contributors in their team hall of fame, established in 1991. A committee of media and staff selected 11 players for enshrinement between 1991 and 2001, before a six-year span of no selections. In 2007, in advance of the 2008 opening of The Hall at Patriot Place, the Patriots introduced a new nomination committee to select three candidates, with the winner of an Internet fan vote being enshrined in the hall of fame. In order to be eligible, players and coaches must be retired for at least four years. Beginning in 2011, and meeting every five years, a senior selection committee has the option of voting a player who has been retired for at least 25 seasons into the hall of fame.

Former owner Billy Sullivan was inducted by owner Robert Kraft in March 2009, the Patriots' 50th season, as a contributor.

Additionally, four of these Patriots players have also been enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Patriots have officially retired seven uniform numbers.

New England Patriots Hall of Fame Players No. Name Positions Seasons Inducted No. Name Positions Seasons Inducted 73 John Hannah G 1973–1985 1991 (Pro: 1991) 87 Ben Coates TE 1991–1999 2008 85 Nick Buoniconti LB 1962–1968 1992 (Pro: 2001) 35 Jim Nance FB 1965–1971 2009 20 Gino Cappelletti WR/K 1960–1970 1992 39 Sam Cunningham RB 1973–1982 2010 89 Bob Dee DL 1960–1967 1993 11 Drew Bledsoe QB 1993–2001 2011 79 Jim Lee Hunt DT 1960–1971 1993 56 Jon Morris C 1964–1974 2011 57 Steve Nelson LB 1974–1987 1993 80 Troy Brown WR/PR/CB 1993–2007 2012 15 Vito "Babe" Parilli QB 1961–1967 1993 54 Tedy Bruschi LB 1996–2008 2013 40 Mike Haynes CB 1976–1982 1994 (Pro: 1997) 24 Ty Law CB 1995–2004 2014 14 Steve Grogan QB 1975–1990 1995 55 Willie McGinest LB/DE 1994–2005 2015 56 Andre Tippett LB 1982–1993 1999 (Pro: 2008) 65 Houston Antwine DL 1961–1971 2015 78 Bruce Armstrong T 1987–2000 2001 33 Kevin Faulk RB 1999–2011 2016 86 Stanley Morgan WR 1977–1989 2007 26 Raymond Clayborn CB 1977-1989 2017 Contributors No. Name Positions Seasons Inducted No. Name Positions Seasons Inducted — Billy Sullivan Owner & founder 1960–1988 2009 — Gil Santos Broadcaster 1972–1979, 1991–2012 2013

Three other players enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame spent part of their careers with the Patriots:

  • 28 Curtis Martin, RB (1995–1997), elected in 2012.
  • Bill Parcells, head coach (1993–1996), elected in 2013.
  • 55 Junior Seau, LB (2006–2009), elected in 2015.
All-decade teams 1960s (AFL)

In November 1971, fans voted on a 10-year Patriots anniversary team, which coincided with the team's 10 years in the then-defunct American Football League: Additional selections for returner, special teamer, and coach were added in 2009:

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Boston Patriots All-1960s Team
Offense
Parilli (QB)
Nance (RB)
Garron (RB)
Colclough (WR)
Graham (WR)
Whalen (TE)
Long (T)
Neville (T)
Neighbors (G)
St. Jean (G)
Morris (C)
Defense
Dee (DE)
Eisenhauer (DE)
Antwine (DT)
Hunt (DT)
Addison (OLB)
Philpott (OLB)
Buoniconti (MLB)
Shonta (CB)
Johnson (CB)
Webb (S)
Hall (S)
Special Teams
Garron (Ret.)
Cappelletti (PK)
Yewcic (P)
Webb (ST)
Coach
Holovak
1970s, 1980s, 1990s

In March 2009, as part of the Patriots' 50th anniversary, a group of local media and other team figures selected all-decade teams for the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s:

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New England Patriots All-1970s Team
Offense
Grogan (QB)
Cunningham (RB)
Johnson (RB)
Morgan (WR)
Vataha (WR)
Francis (TE)
Gray (T)
Neville (T)
Hannah (G)
S. Adams (G)
Lenkaitis (C)
Defense
J. Adams (DE)
McGee (DE)
Hamilton (NT)
Zabel (OLB)
King (OLB)
Nelson (ILB)
Hunt (ILB)
Clayborn (CB)
Haynes (CB)
Fox (S)
McCray (S)
Special Teams
Herron (Ret.)
Smith (PK)
Patrick (P)
Tatupu (ST)
Coach
Fairbanks
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New England Patriots All-1980s Team
Offense
Grogan (QB)
Collins (RB)
C. James (RB)
Fryar (WR)
Morgan (WR)
Dawson (TE)
Armstrong (T)
Holloway (T)
Hannah (G)
Wooten (G)
Brock (C)
Defense
Adams (DE)
Veris (DE)
Bishop (NT)
Tippett (OLB)
Blackmon (OLB)
Nelson (ILB)
Rembert (ILB)
Clayborn (CB)
Lippett (CB)
R. James (S)
Marion (S)
Special Teams
Fryar (Ret.)
Franklin (PK)
Camarillo (P)
Tatupu (ST)
Coach
Berry
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New England Patriots All-1990s Team
Offense
Bledsoe (QB)
Martin (RB)
Russell (RB)
Glenn (WR)
Jefferson (WR)
Coates (TE)
Armstrong (T)
Harlow (T)
Rucci (G)
Lane (G)
Wohlabaugh (C)
Defense
McGinest (DE)
Williams (DE)
Goad (NT)
Tippett (OLB)
Slade (OLB)
Brown (ILB)
Johnson (ILB)
Hurst (CB)
Law (CB)
Clay (S)
Milloy (S)
Special Teams
Meggett (Ret.)
Vinatieri (PK)
Tupa (P)
Whigham (ST)
Coach
Parcells
2000s

On March 16, 2010, the Patriots Hall of Fame selection committee selected an all-decade team for the 2000s:

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New England Patriots All-2000s Team
Offense
Brady (QB)
Dillon (RB)
Moss (WR)
Welker (WR)
Brown (WR)
Graham (TE)
Light (T)
Kaczur (T)
Andruzzi (G)
Mankins (G)
Koppen (C)
Defense
Seymour (DE)
Warren (DE)
Wilfork (NT)
McGinest (OLB)
Vrabel (OLB)
Bruschi (ILB)
Phifer (ILB)
Law (CB)
Samuel (CB)
Harrison (S)
Milloy (S)
Special Teams
Faulk (Ret.)
Vinatieri (PK)
Miller (P)
Izzo (ST)
Coach
Belichick
Anniversary teams 35th anniversary (1994)

In 1994, a group of local media selected a 35th anniversary team:

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New England Patriots 35th Anniversary Team (1994)
Offense
Grogan (QB)
Nance (RB)
Cunningham (RB)
Morgan (WR)
Cappelletti (WR)
Francis (TE)
Armstrong (T)
Neville (T)
Hannah (G)
S. Adams (G)
Morris (C)
Defense
J. Adams (DE)
Eisenhauer (DE)
Antwine (DT)
J. Hunt (DT)
Tippett (LB)
Buoniconti (LB)
Nelson (LB)
S. Hunt (LB)
Haynes (CB)
Clayborn (CB)
Marion (S)
Hall (S)
Special Teams
Cappelletti (PK)
Camarillo (P)
Tatupu (ST)
50th anniversary (2009)

In 2009, the Patriots Hall of Fame selection committee selected a 50th anniversary team:

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New England Patriots 50th Anniversary Team (2009)
Offense
Brady (QB)
Nance (RB)
Cunningham (RB)
Morgan (WR)
Brown (WR)
Fryar (WR)
Coates (TE)
Armstrong (T)
Light (T)
Hannah (G)
Mankins (G)
Morris (C)
Defense
Adams (DE)
Seymour (DE)
Antwine (DT)
Wilfork (DT)
Tippett (OLB)
Vrabel (OLB)
Nelson (ILB)
Buoniconti (ILB)
Haynes (CB)
Law (CB)
Marion (S)
Harrison (S)
Special Teams
Faulk (Ret.)
Vinatieri (PK)
Camarillo (P)
Tatupu (ST)
Captains
Cappelletti (Offense)
Bruschi (Defense)
Coach
Belichick
All-time first-round draft picks Main article: List of New England Patriots first-round draft picks This section needs expansion. You can help by adding to it. (January 2017) Coaches Head coaches Main article: List of New England Patriots head coaches Patriots head coach Bill Belichick delivers remarks during the team's visit to the White House This section needs expansion. You can help by adding to it. (January 2017) Current staff New England Patriots staff
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  • Chairman/CEO – Robert Kraft
  • President – Jonathan Kraft
  • Director of Player Personnel – Nick Caserio
  • Director of College Scouting – Monti Ossenfort
  • Director of Pro Personnel – Dave Ziegler
  • Assistant Director of College Scouting – Brian Smith
  • Director of Scouting Administration – Nancy Meier
  • Football Research Director – Ernie Adams
  • Director of Football/Head Coach Administration – Berj Najarian
Head coaches
  • Head Coach/General Manager – Bill Belichick
Offensive Coaches
  • Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks – Josh McDaniels
  • Assistant Quarterbacks – Jerry Schuplinski
  • Running Backs – Ivan Fears
  • Wide Receivers – Chad O'Shea
  • Tight Ends – Nick Caley
  • Offensive Line – Dante Scarnecchia
  • Offensive Assistant – Cole Popovich
 
Defensive Coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator – Matt Patricia
  • Defensive Line – Brendan Daly
  • Linebackers – Brian Flores
  • Cornerbacks – Josh Boyer
  • Safeties – Steve Belichick
  • Defensive Assistant – Mike Pellegrino
  • Coaching Assistant – Brian Belichick
Special Teams Coaches
  • Special Teams – Joe Judge
  • Assistant Special Teams – Raymond Ventrone
Strength and Conditioning
  • Strength and Conditioning – Moses Cabrera
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – James Hardy

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Culture Cheerleaders and mascot Main article: New England Patriots Cheerleaders The Patriots Cheerleaders performing a routine in 2007

The Patriots NFL Cheerleaders are simply known as the Patriots Cheerleaders. In 2005, cheerleader Kristin Gauvin won Miss Massachusetts, in part from her local commitment with the Patriots.

The Patriots' mascot is Pat Patriot, a revolutionary minuteman wearing a Patriots home jersey.

The Patriots also employ a corps known as the End Zone Militia. During each game, about ten men dressed as minutemen line the back of each end zone. When the Patriots score a touchdown, field goal, point-after-touchdown or safety, the militia behind the opposite end zone fire a volley of blanks from flintlock muskets. Per an interview with the Loren & Wally Show on WROR 105.7 FM in and around the time of Super Bowl XLIX, said shots use double the load of black powder than a regular historical reenactor does, specifically 200 grains, in order to be heard throughout the stadium. ESPN writer Josh Pahigian named this one of the top ten celebrations in the league in 2007.

Radio and television Main article: List of New England Patriots broadcasters

The Patriots' flagship radio station is WBZ-FM 98.5 FM, owned by CBS Radio. The larger radio network is called the New England Patriots Radio Network, whose 37 affiliate stations span seven states. Gil Santos and Gino Cappelletti were the longtime announcing team until their retirement following the conclusion of the 2012 NFL season. Santos was replaced by Bob Socci. Former Patriots QB Scott Zolak joined the radio team in the 2011 season as a sideline analyst, and in 2013, he replaced Cappelletti as color commentator.

Any preseason games not on national television are shown on CBS's O&O WBZ-TV, who also airs the bulk of Patriots regular season games by virtue of CBS having the rights to most AFC games; CBS also has a presence at the nearby Patriot Place with the "CBS Scene" bar/restaurant. During the regular season whenever the Patriots host an NFC team, the games are aired on Fox affiliate WFXT-TV. Preseason games were broadcast on ABC affiliate WCVB-TV from 1995 until the change to WBZ in 2009. Don Criqui was play-by-play announcer for the 1995–2012 seasons, with Randy Cross as a color commentator and Mike Lynch as a sideline reporter. Lynch was replaced by WBZ reporter Steve Burton in 2009.

See also
  • American football portal
  • The Kraft Group
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Further reading
  • Fox, Larry (1979). The New England Patriots: Triumph & Tragedy. Macmillan Publishing Company. ISBN 0-689-10992-X 
  • Hyldburg, Bob (2009). Total Patriots: The Definitive Encyclopedia of the World-Class Franchise. Triumph Books. ISBN 1-60078-099-7 
  • Holley, Michael (2004). Patriot Reign: Bill Belichick, the Coaches, and the Players Who Built a Champion. William Morrow and Company. ISBN 0-06-075794-9 
  • Price, Christopher (2007). The Blueprint: How the New England Patriots Beat the System to Create the Last Great NFL Superpower. Thomas Dunne Books. ISBN 0-312-36838-0 
  • Lavin, James (2005). Management Secrets of the New England Patriots: From Patsies to Triple Super Bowl Champs; Vol. 1. Pointer Press. ISBN 0-9762039-5-2 
  • Lavin, James (2005). Management Secrets of the New England Patriots: From Patsies to Triple Super Bowl Champs; Vol. 2. Pointer Press. ISBN 0-9762039-8-7 
  • Glennon, Sean (2008). The Good, the Bad & the Ugly New England Patriots: Heart-pounding, Jaw-dropping, and Gut-wrenching Moments from New England Patriots History. Triumph Books. ISBN 1-60078-118-7 
  • Felger, Michael (2004). Tales from the Patriots Sideline. Sports Publishing LLC. ISBN 1-58261-525-X 
  • Donaldson, Jim (2009). Then Belichick Said to Brady: The Best New England Patriots Stories Ever Told. Triumph Books. ISBN 1-60078-239-6 
  • Donaldson, Jim (2005). Stadium Stories: New England Patriots. Globe Pequot. ISBN 0-7627-3788-3 
External links Wikimedia Commons has media related to New England Patriots.
  • Official website
  • Works by or about New England Patriots in libraries (WorldCat catalog)
  • "New England Patriots collected news and commentary". The New York Times. 
  • "New England Patriots collected news and commentary". The Wall Street Journal. 
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  • Formerly the Boston Patriots (1960–70)
  • Based and headquartered in Foxborough, Massachusetts
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NFL New England Patriots Three Way Diztracto Spinnerz
NFL New England Patriots Three Way Diztracto Spinnerz
Show your team spirit with this Three Way Distractor Spinners by Forever Collectibles. The 3-Sided Spinner is designed for maximum spin time and is decorated with your favorite team colored logo. It can be used to relieve stress and anxiety and is easy to carry. Makes for an ideal gift!

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$6.93
-$8.06(-54%)



New England Patriots Big Logo Drawstring Backpack
New England Patriots Big Logo Drawstring Backpack
Officially licensed product manufactured by Forever Collectibles

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$7.50
-$5.00(-40%)



NFL New England Patriots '47 Clean Up Adjustable Hat, Navy, One Size
NFL New England Patriots '47 Clean Up Adjustable Hat, Navy, One Size
The '47 Clean Up adjustable hat is one of '47's bestselling signature styles and is a time-tested favorite of sports fans around the world. A garment wash, relaxed fit cap with an adjustable back (one-size-fits-most) -- stylish and comfortable, the '47 Clean Up will show off your great style as well as your support for your team. The front shows detailed team logos in high-quality raised cotton embroidery, making the centerpiece of each cap really 'pop' with more dimension and color. The garment wash process gives the cap that softer "broken-in" look & feel without losing any of the brightness or color in the logos. 100% cotton twill material. Adjustable head band assures a perfect fit. High durability design, so your hat will last longer and stand up to any daily wear and tear. '47 provides the quality all true fans desire in their gear. '47’s present-day success comes from never forgetting their roots. In 1947, twin brothers and Italian immigrants, Arthur and Henry D'Angelo founded their company Twins Enterprises in Boston, MA. The D'Angelo's sold pennants and other sports memorabilia on the streets around Fenway Park, and were able to grow their business from a single street cart to a premier sports lifestyle brand that uniquely melds sport and style. Now known as '47, they produce a unique mix of the finest headwear and apparel with an unparalleled attention to detail, which has helped established them as a premium global sportswear brand, well-known by fans the world over. '47 is proud to be an Officially Licensed partner with the key professional American sports leagues -- MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLS -- as well as over 650 NCAA colleges & universities.

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$23.99



NFL New England Patriots Plastic Street Sign
NFL New England Patriots Plastic Street Sign
Show your team spirit proudly with this 4" X 24" Street Sign. Each 4" x 24" street sign is made of durable styrene. The officially licensed street sign is decorated in the team colors, great for decorating home, office or dorm.

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$10.70
-$1.85(-15%)



NFL New England Patriots Team Decal, 3-Pack
NFL New England Patriots Team Decal, 3-Pack
Detail your vehicle and show your team pride with this NFL Team Decal, 3-Pack by Team ProMark. These decals measure approximately 5-inches by 7.5-inches and are constructed from die-cut, premium, vinyl material. They feature UV resistant lamination to ensure outstanding durability. Includes 3 adhesive decals that feature team colored graphics. Made in USA, perfect for gift giving!

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$10.41
-$2.67(-26%)



NFL New England Patriots 20-Ounce Insulated Tumbler - 2 Pack
NFL New England Patriots 20-Ounce Insulated Tumbler - 2 Pack
These beautiful new 20 ounce all purpose tumblers have the look and feel of glass but are made of shatterproof acrylic. Designed for everyday use around home and office, these tumblers are also perfect for parties and celebrations and make fabulous gifts for fans of all ages! Set of two.

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$20.43



NFL New England Patriots Bling Chrome Plate Frame, 12-Inch by 6-Inch
NFL New England Patriots Bling Chrome Plate Frame, 12-Inch by 6-Inch
The "bling" chrome license plate frame adds yet another high qualight auto frame toa top category of auto accessories by Rico Inc. Featuring a glitter decal insert on an impact-resistant chrome-finish metal frame. Light radiates out from the center of the insert to the edges.

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$16.00



New England Patriots 8x8 White Logo Decal
New England Patriots 8x8 White Logo Decal
With this decal from WinCraft Sports, there will be no denying which team you root for on Sunday! This decal is ideal for cars, mirrors, doors or windows. Easy application on exterior of surface.Officially licensed NFL product

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$4.99
-$3.01(-38%)



NFL New England Patriots Disposable Black Ink Click Pens, 5-Pack
NFL New England Patriots Disposable Black Ink Click Pens, 5-Pack
NFL New England Patriots Disposable Click Pens

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$1.99
-$8.00(-80%)


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