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History of the New England Patriots


The History of the New England Patriot Professional football arrived in New England on November 16, 1959,

when a group of local businessmen, led by former public relations executive William H. "Billy" Sullivan, Jr. was

awarded the eighth and final franchise in the new American Football League. One week later, Northwestern

University running back Ron Burton was selected as the franchise’s first draft choice and Syracuse running back

Gerhardt Schwedes was selected as the team’s first territorial choice. Now the team is owned by Robert Kraft who

also is the owned of the MLS team New England Revolution.