Aaron Hernandez was a budding NFL superstar. He was fresh off a lucrative contract extension when, in an event all Patriots fans who were old enough remember to this day, he was led out of his house with his hands under his shirt and cuffed behind his back for the murder of Odin Lloyd. The stardom of Hernandez came crashing down after more evidence was unearthed and eventually the disgraced Patriot hung himself on April 19, 2017 at the age of 27, marking the end of a short, tumultuous life. The documentary miniseries released by Netflix grapples with the unknown reasons for Hernandez’s misdeeds and takes us into the life of a convicted murderer who once seemed to have it all.
When a franchise is as successful over a long period of time as the New England Patriots have been since the turn of the century, one player is often regarded as the most valuable. Like Wayne Gretzky with the Edmonton Oilers in the 80s or Michael Jordan with the Chicago Bulls in the 90s, Tom Brady has been the unequivocal leader of the Patriots’ franchise over the last 20 years. But while these players get a bulk of the credit for the on-field success of their respective teams, these dynasties would not be possible without an outstanding supporting cast.
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There will never be another Thomas Edward Patrick Brady Jr. in our lifetime or anyone's lifetime if we are being honest. 20 years ago, Tom Brady was drafted by the New England Patriots and in his words “I'm the best decision this organization has ever made.” and boy was he correct. Now, 20 years and 6 Super Bowl rings later, is this fairy tale ride about to end? It just might be…
For the first time in what feels like forever, the Patriots are set to play what seems like a meaningful division game in December. The Patriots have dominated the AFC East for the past two decades, winning 10 straight division titles and 15 of the last 16 with the only exception being the year in which Tom Brady was injured.
Despite an 11-3 record and current hold of the No. 2 seed in the AFC, the Patriots don’t have the Pro Bowl selections to match. Only 3 Patriots players were named to the NFL Pro Bowl roster released earlier this week. Stephon Gilmore (3rd selection), Dont’a Hightower (2nd selection) and Matthew Slater (7th selection) received the honor.
Sony Michel hasn’t lived up to expectations in his second NFL season. Michel is currently in the midst of one of the worst sophomore slumps the Patriots have seen in recent memory. Although New England’s offensive line has taken more than a few hits this season, it doesn’t serve as an all-encompassing excuse for Michel’s poor play.
Although the Patriots offense has struggled in 2019, it hasn’t been due to any lack of production from their best receiver. At age 33, Julian Edelman is having a career-year.
Heading into Sunday’s matchup with the Houston Texans, the Patriots have 9 players listed on the injury report with an illness designation. Although not much has been made of how so many Patriots came down with what’s being reported as the flu, there’s an easy conclusion to come to when looking back to last week’s game against the Cowboys.
While New England fans sat down to enjoy Thanksgiving with their families, Patriots kicker Nick Folk probably wasn’t having the best time. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported yesterday that Folk recently underwent an appendectomy and will miss Sunday’s game as a result. Rapoport added that Folk is unlikely to miss anymore time beyond that, but didn’t completely rule it out. While it’s not really the Patriots fault that Folk needed his appendix removed, it’s just another example of the kicker position failing the team this season.