New England Patriots a professional American football team in the Greater Boston area. The Patriots use their home ground at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. They play in the East division of the American Football Conference (AFC) and in the National Football League (NFL).
On November 16th, 1959, Business Executive of Boston Billy Sullivan secured an American Football League (AFL) franchise. The following winter, a name-the-team contest was taken by the management group of Boston’s AFL franchise in 1960.
Locals submitted names for the Boston football team’s official name. Sullivan and a panel of Boston sportswriters selected the most popular choice and that was “Boston Patriots”.
After that Boston Globe artist Phil Bissell designed the “Pat Patriot” logo immediately. The name was the Patriots because of the area’s heritage as the origin of the American Revolution.
Being a member of the American Football League (AFL), the Patriots entered into NFL in the 1970 merger of the two leagues.
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Next year in 1971, the Patriots moved to a new stadium, Foxboro Stadium, in suburb Foxborough, Massachusetts, 22 miles away from Boston which was their home for 30 years.
As they moved, they wanted to change their name from the Boston Patriots to the Bay State Patriots. The name was discarded by the NFL and on March 22nd, 1971, the team officially announced their new geographic name to New England.
Bill Belichick is the current head coach from 2000. He won AP NFL Coach of the Year in 3 seasons (2003, 2007, 2010). The New England Patriots are one of the most successful teams in NFL history after Bill joined as a head coach. They have the most Super Bowl appearances overall tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys (eight each).
They have 12 AFC East titles in 14 seasons from 2001 and have no losing season since 2000. Patriots set a record for most wins in the decade between 2001 and 2010, (121, this record references any ten-year extend). They broke their own record in 2011 (123 wins in 2002–2011) and again in 2012 (126 wins in 2003–2012—almost 13 regular games win per season).
Patriots became the second team after the Dallas Cowboys in NFL history to win three Super Bowls in four years (Super Bowl XXXVI, XXXVIII and XXXIX) and 8th to win consecutive Super Bowls Between 2001 and 2005.
During Belichick along with quarterback Tom Brady, the Patriots have also secured the longest winning strip containing regular season and playoff games in NFL history, a 21-game strip from October 2003 to October 2004. New York Jets is considered one of the bitterest rivals of the Patriots in the NFL.
The Patriots changed their ownership three times, first Victor Kiam purchased from the Sullivan family in 1988, who then sold the franchise to James Orthwein in 1992. Orthwein planned to move the team to his local St. Louis city, Missouri; but he sold the team to the current owner Robert Kraft two years later in 1994.
The gray face of a minuteman wearing a red and blue hat with white piping that begins as a tri corner and transitions into a flowing banner-like design. Team colors are nautical blue, red, new century silver, white. In 2000, the shade of blue in jersey was darkened from royal to nautical blue.
They drop the rounded numbers and switched back to block numbers. The Patriots also took the chance to introduce blue pants with the white jersey, offering a better contrast. The number on the white jersey was switched from red to blue in order to better match with the blue pants.
“Pat Patriot” is the mascot of the Patriots, a revolutionary minuteman wearing a Patriots’ home jersey. The Patriots cheerleaders are simply known as the Patriots Cheerleaders.