Historical New England Patriots Milestones
The New England Patriots are an NFL team and are a part of the American Football Conference (AFC) East Division. Located in Foxborough, Massachusetts, roughly 20 miles southwest of downtown Boston, they play their home games in Gillette Stadium. Originally a part of the American Football League (AFL), the Pats entered the National Football League (NFL) in 1970 when the two leagues merged. Originally known as the Boston Patriots, the team changed their name when they made their move to Foxborough in 1971.
The Patriots have nine Super Bowl appearances, the most of any franchise in league history. However, seven of the nine have come after the arrival of head coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. Brady got his start after an injury to star quarterback Drew Bledsoe, so not much was expected from the back-up. Nevertheless, Brady, Belichick and company put the wheels in motion for a dynasty that would span almost two decades. Since the 2001 season, they have won 14 out of 16 AFC East Division titles, set countless team records including longest winning streak (21), most consecutive division titles (8). Their first championship came in Super Bowl XXXVI as 21 point underdogs as they upset the St. Louis Rams with a game-winning kick by team legend Adam Vinatieri as time expired. Two years later, Vinatieri would solidify his status as New England hero by once against nailing the game-winning field goal as time expired to defeat the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl XXXVIII. The Patriots would beat the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX and go back-to-back and win their third Super Bowl in four years, undoubtedly making them the next dynasty in the NFL. The Pats continued to have great regular season success, however another Super Bowl win eluded them for many years. Even after becoming the first NFL team to go 16-0 in the regular season, they lost to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII to continue their championship drought. The Patriots continued success is attributed to their franchise structure and consistency. This stems from their future Hall of Fame head coach and quarterback, Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. They went on to win Super Bowl XLIX against the Seattle Seahawks in spectacular fashion as Malcom Butler intercepted Russell Wilson’s attempt at a game-winning touchdown. And just when you didn’t think it could get any crazier than a game saving interception, the Patriots overcame a Super Bowl record, 25-point deficit in Super Bowl LI vs the Atlanta Falcons to win their 5th Super Bowl. They are now tied with the two other franchises for second most Super Bowl wins all-time.
Not just one of the NFL’s most storied franchises, but in all of sports, the New England Patriots have had an unprecedented run spanning almost two decades. A part from great team success, many Pats players have reached Hall of Fame status with the team. With stars like Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, and many others, any memorabilia collection would not be complete without adding a piece of this legendary franchise.
Collecting New England Patriots Memorabilia
Rob Gronkowski Autographed Photos
: As one of the league’s most dominant tight ends, Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski has shattered the NFL record book, and not just in his position category. As a major contributor to the Patriots dynasty, he has a plethora of signature moments. With his patented touchdown spike celebration and his jaw dropping plays, our certified authentic signed photos are a tremendous way for fans to memorialize some of Gronk’s greatest moments.
Julian Edelman Autographed Jerseys
: Julian Edelman, a former college quarterback at Kent State, has transformed himself into one of the NFL’s premier wide receivers. As a part of the Patriots recent Super Bowl success, Edelman has been one of Tom Brady’s key targets since he began wearing the red, white, and blue of the New England Patriots. His unbelievable, game saving catch in Super Bowl LI set the Pats up for the game tying score which sent the game to overtime where they ultimately won in walk-off fashion. Our No. 11 Julian Edelman authentically autographed jerseys are great way to commemorate this two-time Super Bowl champion.
Tom Brady Autographed Footballs
: There have been many great quarterbacks throughout history, but few will ever be considered as great as Tom Brady. Brady has an endless list of accolades including 12-time Pro Bowl selections, 5-time Super Bowl champion, 4-time Super Bowl MVP and 2-time NFL MVP. Brady will go down as one of the greatest QB’s of all time, so whether you’re a Patriots fan or not, our guaranteed authentic autographed commemorative footballs are a must have for any memorabilia collection.
James White Autographed Memorabilia
: In Super Bowl LI James White was arguably the MVP for the New England Patriots. He had 3 total touchdowns, two rushing and one receiving including the game-tying at the end of regulation and the game-winning score in overtime. Along with his clutch touchdowns, White also broke the Super Bowl record for most receptions (14) and for most points scored (20). Honor this remarkable performance by purchasing a guaranteed authentic James White autographed memorabilia. Our collection is full of signed Riddell helmets, commemorative signed footballs and photos of his signature moments in Super Bowl LI.
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