Patriots History

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. (



When the NFL and AFL merged in 1970 the Patriots were put in the AFC East division where they still play to this day. For many years the patriots had lost in the playoffs and in a couple of super bowls, but when Bill Belichick was hired in 2000 the team won three super bowls in four years. There latest super bowl win was aginst the Seattle Sea Hawks in 2015 where they won 28-24.