New England Patriots in History

Events in Sport

  • 1971-01-28 1971 NFL Draft: Jim Plunkett from Stanford University first pick by New England Patriots
  • 1971-03-25 Boston Patriots become New England Patriots
  • 1982-04-27 NFL Draft: University of Texas defensive end Kenneth Sims first pick by New England Patriots
  • 1984-05-01 NFL Draft: Nebraska wide receiver Irving Fryar first pick by New England Patriots
  • 1986-01-12 AFC Championship, Miami Orange Bowl: New England Patriots beat Miami Dolphins, 31-14
  • 1986-01-26 Super Bowl XX, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: Chicago Bears beat New England Patriots, 46-10; MVP: Richard Dent, Chicago, DE
  • 1991-04-25 Lisa Olson brings suit against NFL NE Patriots for sexual harassment
  • 1993-04-25 NFL Draft: Washington State quarterback Drew Bledsoe first pick by New England Patriots
  • 1997-01-12 AFC Championship, Foxborough Stadium: New England Patriots beat Jacksonville Jaguars, 20-6
  • 1997-01-26 Super Bowl XXXI, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: Green Bay Packers beat New England Patriots, 35-21; MVP: Desmond Howard, Green Bay KR
  • 1999-02-07 NFL Pro Bowl, Aloha Stadium, Honolulu, HI: AFC beats NFC, 23-10; Keyshawn Johnson, NY Jets, QB; Ty Law, New England Patriots, CB

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2000-01-04 A day after accepting the head coaching position at the New York Jets, Bill Belichick resigns and moves to the New England Patriots

NFL Coach Bill Belichick
NFL Coach
Bill Belichick
  • 2002-01-19 "Tuck Rule Game" AFC Divisional Playoff Game; with under 2 minutes to play New England Patriots trail Oakland Raiders, 13-10 in a driving snowstorm, when a Tom Brady fumble ruled an incomplete pass. Patriots win 16-13 in overtime
  • 2002-01-27 AFC Championship, Heinz Field, Pittsburgh: New England Patriots beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 24-17

Sport awardSuper Bowl

2002-02-03 Super Bowl XXXVI, Louisiana Superdome, New Orleans, LA: New England Patriots beat St. Louis Rams, 20-17; MVP: Tom Brady, New England, QB

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady
  • 2004-01-18 AFC Championship, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough: New England Patriots beat Indianapolis Colts, 24-14

  • 2004-02-01 Super Bowl XXXVIII, Reliant Stadium, Houston, TX: New England Patriots beat Carolina Panthers, 32-29; MVP: Tom Brady, New England, QB
  • 2004-10-03 New England Patriots win their 18th consecutive NFL game, beating Buffalo Bills, 31-17 at Ralph Wilson Stadium; Tom Brady 17-for-30 for 298 yards & 2 TDs
  • 2005-01-23 AFC Championship, Heinz Field, Pittsburgh: New England Patriots beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 41-27
  • 2005-02-06 Super Bowl XXXIX, Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville, FL: New England Patriots beat Philadelphia Eagles, 24-21; MVP: Deion Branch, New England, WR
  • 2007-01-21 AFC Championship, RCA Dome, Indianapolis: Indianapolis Colts beat New England Patriots, 38-34
  • 2007-12-29 Tom Brady sets a then-NFL record, throwing his 50th TD pass, and the New England Patriots become the first team in NFL history to finish the regular season 16-0
  • 2008-01-20 AFC Championship, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough: New England Patriots beat San Diego Chargers, 21-12

Sport awardSuper Bowl

2008-02-03 Super Bowl XLII, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ: New York Giants beat New England Patriots, 17-14; MVP: Eli Manning, New York, QB

NFL Quarterback Eli Manning
NFL Quarterback
Eli Manning
  • 2012-01-22 AFC Championship, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough: New England Patriots beat Baltimore Ravens, 23-20
  • 2012-02-05 Super Bowl XLVI, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN: New York Giants beat New England Patriots, 21-17; MVP: Eli Manning, New York, QB
  • 2013-01-20 AFC Championship, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough: Baltimore Ravens beat New England Patriots, 28-13
  • 2014-01-19 AFC Championship, Mile High Stadium, Denver: Denver Broncos beat New England Patriots, 26-16
  • 2015-01-18 AFC Championship, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough: New England Patriots beat Indianapolis Colts, 45-7
  • 2015-02-01 Super Bowl XLIX, University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ: New England Patriots beat Seattle Seahawks, 28-24; MVP: Tom Brady, New England, QB
  • 2016-01-24 AFC Championship, Mile High Stadium, Denver, CO: Denver Broncos beat New England Patriots, 20-18
  • 2017-01-22 AFC Championship, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough: New England Patriots beat Pittsburgh Steelers, 36-17
  • 2017-02-05 Super Bowl LI, NRG Stadium, Houston, TX: New England Patriots defeat Atlanta Falcons, 34-28; MVP: Tom Brady, New England, QB
  • 2018-01-21 AFC Championship, Gillette Stadium, Foxborough: New England Patriots beat Jacksonville Jaguars, 24-20
  • 2018-02-04 Super Bowl LII, US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, MN: Philadelphia Eagles defeat New England Patriots, 41-33; MVP: Nick Foles, Philadelphia, QB
  • 2018-12-09 New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady breaks Peyton Manning's record for most touchdown passes in NFL history; moves to 582 with 3 TD passes during 34-33 defeat by Miami Dolphins; record includes TDs thrown in regular season & post-season
  • 2019-01-20 AFC Championship, Arrowhead Stadium, KC: New England Patriots beat Kansas City Chiefs, 37-31 OT
  • 2019-02-03 Super Bowl LIII, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, GA: New England Patriots beat Los Angeles Rams, 13-3; MVP: Julian Edelman, NE Patriots, WR; Patriots' 6th SB victory

Event of interestEvent of Interest

2019-02-22 Robert Kraft, owner of NFL team the New England Patriots, charged with soliciting prostitution, as part of human-trafficking sting operation in Jupiter, Florida

Business Magnate and NFL Owner Robert Kraft
Business Magnate and NFL Owner
Robert Kraft
  • 2019-03-24 New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski announces retirement as 3-time Super Bowl winner, TE postseason record, most receptions (81), receiving yards (1,163) and receiving TDs (12)
  • 2020-03-20 After 20 years with the New England Patriots, six-time Super Bowl winning quarterback Tom Brady officially agrees to move to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on a 2-year $50m guaranteed deal

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1933-06-10 Chuck Fairbanks, American football coach (New England Patriots 1973-78; University of Oklahoma 1967-72, University of Colorado 1979-81), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 2013)

Person of interestRobert Kraft

1941-06-05 Robert Kraft, American owner of the New England Patriots, born in Brookline, Massachusetts

Business Magnate and NFL Owner Robert Kraft
Business Magnate and NFL Owner
Robert Kraft

Person of interestBill Parcells

1941-08-22 Bill Parcells, NFL coach (NY Giants, NY Jets, NE Patriots), born in Englewood, New Jersey

NFL Coach Legend Bill Parcells
NFL Coach Legend
Bill Parcells
  • 1951-09-15 Pete Carroll, American NFL coach (Super Bowl 2013, Seattle Seahawks 2010-20; New York Jets, New England Patriots; USC), born in San Francisco, California

Person of interestBill Belichick

1952-04-16 Bill Belichick, American NFL coach (Super Bowl 2002, 04, 05, 14, 17, 18; most SB wins; NFL Coach of the Year 2003, 07, 10; New England Patriots), born in Nashville, Tennessee

NFL Coach Bill Belichick
NFL Coach
Bill Belichick
  • 1953-07-24 Steve Grogan, NFL quarterback (New England Patriots)
  • 1956-07-06 Matt Bahr, American NFL placekicker (NE Patriots, NY Giants), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1956-11-18 Tony Franklin, NFL kicker (Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots)
  • 1959-10-08 Tony Eason, American football quarterback (New England Patriots), born in Blythe, California
  • 1959-12-27 Andre Tippett, NFL linebacker (New England Patriots)
  • 1961-01-02 Craig James, American NFL running back and sports commentator (Pro Bowl 1985; New England Patriots; ABC, ESPN), born in Jacksonville, Texas
  • 1962-08-05 William Roberts, American NFL guard (NY Jets, NE Patriots), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1962-11-22 Steve DeOssie, NFL inside linebacker (NE Patriots)
  • 1963-02-14 Jeff Dellenbach, American NFL center (NE Patriots, GB Packers-Super Bowl 31), born in Wausau, Wisconsin
  • 1963-10-14 Keith Byars, NFL running back (Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots)
  • 1965-01-09 Vincent Brown, American NFL inside linebacker (NE Patriots), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1965-01-12 Henry Thomas, American defensive tackle (Detroit Lions, New England Patriots), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1965-01-19 Ricky Reynolds, American NFL cornerback (NE Patriots), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1965-09-07 Bruce Armstrong, American NFL offensive tackle (NE Patriots), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1966-01-06 Bob Kratch, NFL guard (NE Patriots), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1966-02-06 Tom Tupa, American football punter & quarterback (Cleveland Browns, NE Patriots), born in Cleveland, Ohio
  • 1966-04-30 David Meggett, NFL running back (NY Giants, NE Patriots)
  • 1966-08-17 Zefross Moss, American NFL tackle (Detroit Lions, NE Patriots), born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • 1966-12-18 Aaron Jones, NFL defensive end (NE Patriots)
  • 1967-04-12 Bobby Abrams, American football outside linebacker (NE Patriots), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1967-08-26 Myron Guyton, NFL full safety (NE Patriots)
  • 1967-09-17 Maurice Hurst, NFL cornerback (NE Patriots)
  • 1967-12-13 Scott Zolak, American NFL quarterback (NE Patriots), born in Monongahela, Pennsylvania
  • 1968-06-01 Larry Centers, American NFL fullback (Pro Bowl 1995, 96, 2001; All-Pro 1996; Super Bowl 2003; Arizona Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, NE Patriots), born in Tyler, Texas
  • 1968-11-26 Steve Lofton, American NFL cornerback (Carolina Panthers, NE Patriots), born in Jacksonville, Texas
  • 1969-02-22 Shawn Jefferson, American NFL wide receiver (San Diego Chargers, NE Patriots), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1969-03-07 Sam Gash, NFL running back (New England Patriots)
  • 1969-03-16 Pat Harlow, NFL tackle (NE Patriots, Oakland Raiders)
  • 1969-03-16 Steve Israel, NFL cornerback (SF 49ers, New England Patriots)
  • 1969-04-14 Tim Roberts, American NFL defensive end (NE Patriots), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • 1969-08-16 Ben Coates, NFL tight end (NE Patriots)
  • 1969-08-25 Mike Gisler, corner (New England Patriots)
  • 1969-08-25 Mike Jones, NFL defensive end (NE Patriots)
  • 1969-08-26 Mike Gisler, NFL guard/center (NE Patriots)
  • 1969-10-09 Dwayne Sabb, American NFL outside linebacker (NE Patriots), born in Jersey City, New Jersey
  • 1969-10-12 Terry Ray, American NFL strong safety (NE Patriots), born in Belgium
  • 1970-02-21 Will Moore, American NFL wide receiver (NE Patriots, Jacksonville Jaguars), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1970-04-25 Corwin Brown, American NFL safety (NY Jets, NE Patriots), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1970-05-27 Todd Collins, linebacker (New England Patriots)
  • 1970-06-21 Brandon Moore, American NFL tackle (NE Patriots), born in Ardmore, Pennsylvania
  • 1970-06-22 David Frisch, NFL tight end (NE Patriots)
  • 1970-06-23 Mike Bartrum, tight end (New England Patriots)
  • 1970-06-24 Carlos Yancy, NFL cornerback (NE Patriots)
  • 1970-07-14 Todd Rucci, American NFL guard (NE Patriots), born in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania
  • 1970-10-07 Dwayne Provo, Canadian cornerback (New England Patriots), born in North Preston, Canada
  • 1970-10-27 Vernon Lewis, NFL cornerback (NE Patriots), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1970-10-30 Dino Philyaw, American NFL running back (NE Patriots), born in Dudley, North Carolina
  • 1971-01-25 Vincent Brisby, American NFL wide receiver (New England Patriots), born in Houston, Texas
  • 1971-01-30 Chris Slade, American football player (New England Patriots), born in Newport News, Virginia
  • 1971-02-09 Pat O'Neill, NFL punter/place kicker (NE Patriots)
  • 1971-02-22 Max Lane, American NFL tackle (NE Patriots), born in Norborne, Missouri
  • 1971-03-19 Marty Moore, NFL inside linebacker (NE Patriots)
  • 1971-03-21 Hason Graham, NFL wide receiver (NE Patriots)
  • 1971-05-22 Corey Croom, NFL running back (NE Patriots)
  • 1971-05-24 Troy Barnett, American NFL defensive end (NE Patriots), born in Jacksonville, North Carolina
  • 1971-07-02 Troy Brown, NFL wide receiver (NE Patriots)
  • 1971-11-09 Jimmy Hitchcock, American NFL cornerback (NE Patriots), born in Concord, North Carolina
  • 1971-12-05 Marrio Grier, NFL fullback (New England Patriots), born in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • 1971-12-11 Willie McGinest, American NFL outside linebacker (NE Patriots), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1972-01-20 Alcides Catanho, American NFL outside linebacker (NE Patriots), born in Elizabeth, New Jersey
  • 1972-02-14 Drew Bledsoe, American NFL quarterback (NE Patriots), born in Ellensburg, Washington
  • 1972-04-04 Chad Eaton, American football player (New England Patriots), born in Exeter, New Hampshire
  • 1972-04-07 Lovett Purnell, wide receiver (New England Patriots)
  • 1972-04-11 Dietrich Jells, American wide receiver (New England Patriots), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1972-04-13 Dave Wohlabaugh, American NFL center and guard (NE Patriots), born in Hamburg, New York
  • 1972-04-30 Kendricke Bullard, NFL wide receiver (NE Patriots)
  • 1972-05-13 Josh Taves, American football defensive end (New England Patriots), born in Watsonville, California
  • 1972-06-23 Larry Whigham, NFL safety (NE Patriots)
  • 1972-07-18 Bruce Walker, NFL nose tackle (NE Patriots)
  • 1972-07-20 Jay Barker, NFL quarterback (NE Patriots)
  • 1972-11-20 Riddick Parker, American football defensive tackle (New England Patriots), born in Emporia, Virginia
  • 1972-12-04 Ted Johnson, American NFL inside linebacker (Super Bowl 2001, 03-04; New England Patriots), born in Alameda, California
  • 1972-12-26 Derrick Cullors, American football running back (New England Patriots), born in Dallas, Texas
  • 1972-12-28 Adam Vinatieri, US NFL placekicker (Amsterdam Admirals, NE Patriots), born in Yankton, South Dakota
  • 1973-03-14 Chris Sullivan, defensive end (New England Patriots)
  • 1973-05-01 Curtis Martin, Pro Football Hall of Fame running back (Pro Bowl 1995, 96, 98, 2001, 04; First-team All-Pro 2001, 04; NE Patriots, NY Jets), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1973-06-09 Tedy Bruschi, linebacker (New England Patriots)
  • 1973-06-27 Heath Irwin, American football guard (New England Patriots), born in Boulder, Colorado
  • 1973-08-04 Eddie Cade, NFL full safety (NE Patriots)
  • 1973-08-29 Devin Wyman, American football defensive tackle (New England Patriots), born in East Palo Alto, California
  • 1973-11-05 Rupert Grant, American NFL fullback (NE Patriots), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1973-11-14 Lawyer Milloy, strong safety (New England Patriots)
  • 1973-11-16 Sedrick Shaw, running back (New England Patriots)
  • 1973-11-17 Scott Rehberg, tackle (New England Patriots)
  • 1974-02-10 Ty Law, NFL cornerback (NE Patriots), born in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania
  • 1974-06-25 Vernon Crawford, American football linebacker (New England Patriots), born in Texas City, Texas
  • 1974-07-23 Terry Glenn, American football player (New England Patriots), born in Columbus, Ohio (d. 2017)
  • 1975-02-08 Damon Denson, guard (New England Patriots)
  • 1975-06-19 Brandon Mitchell, defensive end (New England Patriots)
  • 1975-08-14 Mike Vrabel, American NFL linebacker (Super Bowl 2001, 03, 04, New England Patriots) and coach (Tennessee Titans 2018-20), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1976-03-30 Chris Canty, cornerback (New England Patriots)
  • 1976-10-13 Ed Ellis, American football tackle (New England Patriots), born in Hamden, Connecticut

Person of interestTom Brady

1977-08-03 Tom Brady, American NFL quarterback (Super Bowl 2001, 03, 04, 14, 17, 18, New England Patriots; NFL MVP 2007, 10, 17; 14 x Pro Bowl), born in San Mateo, California

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady
  • 1985-05-05 Terrence Wheatley, American football player (New England Patriots), born in Walnut Creek, California
  • 1990-03-12 Dont'a Hightower, American NFL linebacker (New England Patriots), born in Lewisburg, Tennessee

Weddings in Sport


LoveWedding of Interest

2009-02-26 Supermodel Gisele Bundchen (32) weds NFL New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady (35) at St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica

NFL Quarterback Tom Brady
NFL Quarterback
Tom Brady

Deaths in Sport

  • 2013-04-02 Chuck Fairbanks, American football coach (New England Patriots 1973-78; University of Oklahoma 1967-72, University of Colorado 1979-81), dies from brain cancer at 79