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New England Patriots History

New England Patriots History

Billy Sullivan In 1959 a group of businessman were awarded the eighth and final franchise of the American Football League and the first job was to give the new franchise a name! A public contest was held with 74 fans suggesting the winning name the "Boston Patriot"'. Phil Bissel who was working for the Boston Globe at the time drew a cartoon of a Minuteman getting ready to snap a football, Billy Sullivan loved it, and later "Pat Patriot" became the logo for the Boston Patriots.

Almost 350 players reported to the opening of training camp on July 4, 1960, which was later trimmed down to just 35 players. After almost a decade of playing on four different fields the Patriots chose Foxborough as their new home. A year later the team was renamed the New England patriots in March 1971.

Following the NFL and AFL merger in 1970 the Patriots were added to the AFC East division where they remain today. During the 1970's the Patriots struggled for a bit however did see some success after making it to the playoffs as a wild card team in 1976 and as AFC East Championships in 1978. In 1985 the New England Patriots finally made it to the Super Bowl XX but lost to the Chicago Bears 46-10, the following year the Patriots made it to the playoffs but lost in the first round.

During the 1990 season the team changed ownership three times. Victor Kiam purchased the team from Sullivan in 1988 who then sold the team to James Orthweinn in 1992. Orthewinn changed the team's colors to blue and silver and introduced a brand new logo as well as hiring new head coach Bill Parcels. In 1994 Robert Kraft purchased the team from Orthweinn and saved the team from a move to St. Louis Missouri.

The Patriots hired Bill Belichick in 2000 while a new home field, Gillette Stadium was opened in 2002. Belichick helped the team win three Super Bowls in four years as well as becoming the fourth team in league history to go undefeated in regular season in 2007. The Patriots made it to Super Bowl XLII but were defeated by the New York Giants; they ended the year at 18-1.

You can learn more about the history of Gillette Stadium.

Patriots Starting Quarterbacks History

Year - Player (Games Started)

2012 - Tom Brady (16)
2011 - Tom Brady (16)
2010 - Tom Brady (16)
2009 - Tom Brady (16)
2008 - Tom Brady (1) / Matt Cassel (15)
2007 - Tom Brady (16)
2006 - Tom Brady (16)
2005 - Tom Brady (16)
2004 - Tom Brady (16)
2003 - Tom Brady (16)
2002 - Tom Brady (16)
2001 - Tom Brady (14) / Drew Bledsoe (2)
2000 - Drew Bledsoe (16)
1999 - Drew Bledsoe (16)
1998 - Drew Bledsoe (14) / Scott Zolak (2)
1997 - Drew Bledsoe (16)
1996 - Drew Bledsoe (16)
1995 - Drew Bledsoe (15) / Scott Zolak (1)
1994 - Drew Bledsoe (16)
1993 - Drew Bledsoe (12) / Scott Secules (4)
1992 - Hugh Millen (7) / Scott Zolak (4) / Tom Hodson (3) / Jeff Carlson (2)
1991 - Hugh Millen (13) / Tom Hodson (3)
1990 - Marc Wilson (6) / Tom Hodson (4) / Steve Grogan (4)
1989 - Steve Grogan (6) / Marc Wilson (4) / Tony Eason (3) / Doug Flutie (3)
1988 - Doug Flutie (9) / Steve Grogan (4) / Tony Eason (2) / Tom Ramsey (1)
1987 - Steve Grogan (6) / Tom Ramsey (3) / Tony Eason (3) / Bob Bleier (2) / Doug Flutie (1)
1986 - Tony Eason (14) / Steve Grogan (2)
1985 - Tony Eason (10) / Steve Grogan (6)
1984 - Tony Eason (13) / Steve Grogan (3)
1983 - Steve Grogan (12) / Tony Eason (4)
1982 - Steve Grogan (6) / Matt Cavanaugh (3)
1981 - Matt Cavanaugh (8) / Steve Grogan (7) / Tom Owen (1)
1980 - Steve Grogan (12) / Matt Cavanaugh (4)
1979 - Steve Grogan (16)
1978 - Steve Grogan (16)
1977 - Steve Grogan (14)
1976 - Steve Grogan (14)
1975 - Steve Grogan (7) / Jim Plunkett (4) / Neil Graff (2)
1974 - Jim Plunkett (14)
1973 - Jim Plunkett (14)
1972 - Jim Plunkett (14)
1971 - Jim Plunkett (14)
1970 - Joe Kapp (10) / Mike Taliaferro (4)
1969 - Mike Taliaferro (14)
1968 - Mike Taliaferro (7) / Tom Sherman (7)
1967 - Babe Parilli (11) / Don Trull (3)
1966 - Babe Parilli (14)
1965 - Babe Parilli (13) / Eddie Wilson (1)
1964 - Babe Parilli (14)
1963 - Babe Parilli (14)
1962 - Babe Parilli (10) / Tom Yewcic (4)
1961 - Babe Parilli (8) / Butch Songin (6)
1960 - Butch Songin (12) / Tom Greene (2)