In honor of the NFL season starting tonight (Go Pats!), I figured it was time to post my photos from our visit to the Patriots Hall of Fame last weekend.
Patriot Place is an impressive complex, made even more so by the fact that it was built without any taxpayer money. Professional sports are such a cash cow that I think it’s ridiculous that any stadiums or arenas are built using taxpayers’ funds.
We had visited the Hall once before, but since the Pats have won two Super Bowls since our last visit, we decided it was time for a pilgrimage. There was an enjoyable film on the history of the Patriots, a great collection of memorabilia, and photos, stories, and video from all five championships, as well as a chance to see all five Lombardi trophies. We had a great time, and if you’re a fan you should make sure you visit at some point.
A few impressive facts:
- 8: AFC Championships since Robert Kraft bought the team in 1994
- 5: Super Bowl Championships – 2001, 2003, 2004, 2014, 2016
- 14: Patriots playoff wins in the decade spanning 2000-2009
- 10: Super Bowls in which Bill Belichick has coached as a head coach or an assistant coach
- 7: NFL record number of Super Bowl appearances by a single player set by Tom Brady in Super Bowl LI
- 9: NFL record number of Super Bowl appearances by the Patriots through the first 51 Super Bowls
- 3.8: Average margin of victory in the five Super Bowl wins (unlike many Super Bowls, the Patriots always have nail-biters)
- 25: Super Bowl touchdowns scored by the Patriots in nine appearances
- 3: Number of times the Patriots lost the turnover battle in the Super Bowl. They are 2-1 in those games.
- 0: The number of points the Patriots have scored in the first quarter in their seven Super Bowls since 2001
- 1: Number of NFL head coaches with seven Super Bowl appearances (Bill Belichick)
- 1: Player who played on all five Patriots championship teams, has four Super Bowl MVP awards, and seven Super Bowl starts (Tom Brady)