NFL Teams – New England Patriots

Image of the New England Patriots logo.

The New England Patriots are an NFL football team located in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Foxborough is a suburb of nearby Boston, which is the largest city in the state. The team is currently owned by Robert Kraft, who purchased the team in 1994. The team is currently a member of the AFC East division along with the Dolphins, Bills, and Jets. Their official colors are nautical blue, red, new century silver and white.

Team History

The team was formerly known as the Boston Patriots until they renamed to the New England Patriots in 1971. While seeing mild success in the 70s, 80s, and 90s, the team took off in the early 2000s with the hiring of Coach Bill Belichick.

Since the turn of the century, the Patriots have owned their AFC East division – winning it 11 of the last 14 years. They have appeared in 5 Super Bowls – winning 3 of them in 2001, 2003, and 2004. Their most famous game came in the 2007 Super Bowl vs. the New York Giants. Coming into the game, the Patriots were undefeated at 18-0, and the Giants ended their quest for the perfect season – winning 17-14. The Patriots returned to the Super Bowl again in 2011, but once again fell victim to the Giants. They have not returned to the Super Bowl since.


Gillette Stadium has become one of the most well known football stadiums in the United States – largely in part because of the Patriots dominance playing in that stadium. The stadium was built in 2002 for roughly $325 million. It has a capacity of just over 68,000 for football, but it also has the capability to transform into a soccer stadium.

Image of Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Patriots.

Famous Members of the New England Patriots

It is surprising to see that the Patriots only have 4 members who are currently in the NFL Hall of Fame. A few of their most famous members include:

  • Tom Brady – current quarterback and future NFL Hall of Famer
  • Bill Belichick – current coach and future NFL Hall of Famer
  • Rob Gronkowski – current tight end
  • Randy Moss – also known for his many seasons with the Minnesota Vikings
  • Tedy Bruschi – linebacker on numerous Super Bowl teams
  • Ty Law – cornerback on numerous Super Bowl teams
  • Robert Kraft (owner)

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One Reply to “NFL Teams – New England Patriots”

  1. While local area residents celebrate several outstanding professional sports franchises; The Bost Red Sox,
    The Boston Bruins & The Boston Celtics it is only our beloved Patriots that lay claim to all of New England!
    I hadn’t realized the Super Bowl has had such an impact on me over the years. But, preparing my recipe
    column, The Locavore, featuring recipes for a Super Bowl in The Newburyport Daily News brought forth several
    Super Bowl parties I’ve attended & hosted over the years (including my first “grown up” party, just after graduating
    from College in 1988! No flat screen, no high definition or surround sound but everyone had a great time!
    More poignantly, I’ll never forget the halftime celebration Feb 2001 (Super Bowl 2000.)
    when the names of all 9/11 victims were displayed displayed on a giant screen in the stadium.I lost seven colleagues on that fateful, tragic day & was actually in the air, flying to New York, just after the attacks on the 8:00 am Delta Shuttle from Logan,bound for LaGuaria.I saw the smoke from my window over the NY airspace. The Super Bowl tribute was so powerful & moving. It was one of the few joyous memories I have from those dark days! It was, incidentally, the first time the Patriots ever won the Super Bowl! Since we had lost so many local residents & the attacks originated in Boston & The “Patriots” won…It felt to me like a national step toward healing!
    I am routing for our local Heros & their incredible display of determination, teamwork, athleticism & skill.
    Go Patriots! Bring it home!

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