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Est. 1960

New England
Patriots

Andre Tippett - Linebacker - 100 Sacks

AP via Al Messerschmidt

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The Patriots are tied with the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowl victories in NFL history with six. They hold the NFL record for the most Super Bowl appearances with 11.  

Team History

  • Founded in 1959 as the “Boston Patriots,” the team was an original member of the American Football League (AFL). 
  • The Patriots joined the NFL during the 1970 AFL/NFL merger. They changed their name to the New England Patriots when they moved to Foxborough, MA. in 1971. 
  • Current owner Robert Kraft bought the team in 1994 and hired future Pro Football Hall of Fame head coach Bill Parcells, who led the team to Super Bowl XXXI, where they lost to the Green Bay Packers, 35-21. 
  • In 2001, the Patriots’ fortunes changed forever when quarterback Drew Bledsoe was injured and 2000 sixth-round draft pick and backup quarterback Tom Brady stepped in and led them to victory in Super Bowl XXXVI.  
  • From 2001-18, Belichick and Brady led the Patriots to a dominant run, winning six Super Bowls in nine appearances. 

Team Facts

  • Seasons: 62 (1960-2021) 
  • Winningest Coach: (W-L-T) Bill Belichick (244-92-0) 
  • Super Bowl Titles: 6 
  • Record going into 2021 season: (W-L-T) 519-404-9
  • Playoff Record: 37-21 
  • Most Career Yards Rushing: Sam Cunningham, 5,453 (1973-79, 1981-82)
  • Most Career Yards Passing: Tom Brady, 74,571 (2000-19) 
  • Most Career Receptions: Wes Welker, 672 (2007-12) 
  • Most Career Sacks: Andre Tippett, 100 (1982-93) 
  • Most Career Interceptions: Raymond Clayborn (1977-89), Ty Law (1995-2004), 36  
  • Most Career Points: Stephen Gostkowski, 1,775 (2006-19) 
  • Current Team Owner: Robert Kraft 

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