New England Patriots
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New England Patriots is a Greater Boston based professional football team that was founded in 1959. The club operates in the NFL and applies to the AFC East Division. When it was founded, it was named Boston Patriots and they played in the AFL. It was later moved to Foxborough and they adopted the name New England Patriots in 1971.
|US $4.4 Billion
Gillette Stadium in Foxborough is the American football stadium of the Lions for conducting their home matches. In the past, they played in Foxboro Stadium. The Patriots are represented by the colors navy blue, red, white, and silver. Their mascot is Part Patriot. The team is owned by Robert Kraft and their president is Jonathan Kraft. Their head coach and general manager are Bill Belichick.
After the American entrepreneur, Billy Sullivan had applied for a license for a team in the American Football League. He was awarded the eighth and final license on November 16, 1959. Sullivan founded the team in his hometown of Boston and wrote a naming competition there, after which the new franchise became known as the Boston Patriots. Soon after, Phil Bissel published a logo for the team, the “Pat Patriot”.
The New England Patriots initially suffered from not having their own stadium and changed venues four times in ten years. On September 9, 1960, the first game of the Boston Patriots in the AFL against the Denver Broncos took place. After two years of apprenticeship in 1961 and 1962, they reached the AFL Championship Game in 1963, which they lost to the San Diego Chargers 51-10. Nevertheless, they were able to send a total of eleven players, including Gino Cappelletti and Babe Parilli, to the AFL All-Star Game this year.
In 1967 the fullback Jim Nance ran a league record with 1,458 yards. A year later he reached 1,216 yards and became the AFL’s Most Valuable Player. After the stadium change, the Patriots wore three head coaches in the first four years but drafted the offensive guard John Hannah in 1973, who was an important pillar of the attack game and later became the first player of the Patriots to be included in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The offense was reinforced with wide receiver Darryl Stingley.
1973 took the New England Patriots under the contract of Chuck Fairbanks, who had previously been successful as head coach at the University of Oklahoma. Right away he led the Patriots to a balanced record of 7-7 wins. However, due to an injury to quarterback Plunkett, the New England Patriots could not achieve this performance in 1975 and lost eleven games with only three wins.
In the following year 1986, the Patriots got 11-5 wins, whereby they qualified for the play-offs. The game against the Denver Broncos was lost 17-22. This was for a long time the last play-off participation of the Patriots, who would miss the postseason for the next eight years. One reason was the players’ strike in the 1987 season, in which some Patriots players broke the picket lines and thus caused unrest in the squad; this included quarterback Doug Flutie.
Another obstacle was a wave of injuries that decimated the team so that the play-offs were missed with only 9-7 wins. Probably the most important reasons were millions of bad investments on the part of Sullivan. For this reason, they sold the team after the season for US $84 million to Victor Kiam, the former president and CEO of Remington. Although the Patriots played a comparatively good season in 1988, they did not reach the playoffs again.
In the following season, the New England Patriots achieved just five wins after their three main defenders, Andre Tippett, Garin Veris, and Ronnie Lippett were seriously injured before the start of the season.
In the 2019 season, the New England Patriots were eliminated in the Wild Card Round against the Tennessee Titans. At the end of the season Tom Brady became a free agent for the first time in his career and after twenty years in New England decided to move to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. In the Free Agency, the Patriots then signed long-time Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, whom they named as their starting quarterback for the 2020 season.
New England Patriots are active on social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. They have 4.3 million followers on Instagram, 6.6 million followers on Facebook, and 4.5 million followers on Twitter as of December 2020.
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As of November of 2020, the New England Patriots’ franchise value is estimated to be around US$ 4.4 billion.