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Author Topic: The History of the New England Patriots  (Read 2468 times)
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« on: September 19, 2012, 06:30:05 PM »
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Boston earned an NFL football team in 1959 when Billy Sullivan, an entrepreneur from Boston,  purchased ownership of a franchise. Sportswriters were commissioned to develop a name and The Patriots was selected as the best option. For more than a decade the Patriots sporadically moved from stadium to stadium. Finding a field to call home became the top priority. In 1971 the Patriots became known as the New England Patriots and moved into Foxboro Stadium. These changes coincided with a growing interest in the team and a growing popularity for NFL football in Boston.

Even before the New England Patriots secured Foxboro Stadium they were contenders. Holovak coached the team when it was still part of the AFL, before the merger. He helped develop a winning environment and helped to cultivate the talent of Gino Cappelletti and Jim Nance. With great leadership and all pro talent the Patriots were destined for success. Although it seemed inevitable the path to a championship was much longer and difficult than many expected.

At the end of the 1970ís the New England Patriots became known as a perennial contender, but had a long road ahead to become a championship team. For many seasons they were expected to capture the title, but never reached their potential. In 1985 the New England Patriots finally reached the Super Bowl, but suffered a defeat to the Chicago Bears.  After reaching the Super Bowl, but falling short of their ultimate goal the New England Patriots only achieved mild success until moves were made.

The New England Patriotsí ownership fluctuated often until Robert Kraft gained ownership of the team in 1994. Kraft quickly placed the respected Bill Parcells in the position of authority at head coach.  The Patriots quickly began to add high level talent players that quickly turned around the franchise. Led by quarterback Drew Bledsoe, the Patriots experienced a stellar season in 1996 and earned their second Super Bowl appearance. Unfortunately, much like their first trip the New England patriots experienced defeat at the hands of the Green By Packers.

At this point it seemed like the Patriots might never reach the pinnacle of success in the NFL football league. However, with the arrival of Bill Belichick in 2001 the history of the New England patriots changed forever. With Belichick at the helm and a young unknown Tom Brady at quarterback, the Patriots over came a .500 regular season and amassed their first Super Bowl victory.  After a disappointing 2002 season the New England Patriots recovered by becoming repeat champions in 2003 and 2004. This was just the beginning of the Patriot dynasty that lasted throughout the 2000ís and still continues in todayís NFL league. Belichick is lauded as one of the Best coaches in NFL football history due to his success and no nonsense approach to NFL football. Like his head coach, Tom Brady is widely praised as one of the greatest quarterbacks ever and still has more years to add to his growing achievements. With Belichick and Brady in control the Patriots are always a championship contender and chase the record books with every successful season.
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