The Patriots kicked off their Super Bowl week with a send-off rally at Gillette Stadium that began with the team's game-day broadcast duo of Scott Zolak and Bob Socci getting the crowd going.
Despite the fact that this will be New England's eighth Super Bowl with Bill Belichick serving as the team's head coach and Tom Brady as its starting quarterback, there was a strong crowd of supporters who showed up for the festivities. They filled the NRG Plaza and many overflowed up the plaza steps to get a better view of the stage just outside The Hall at Patriot Place.
The rally began just after 9 a.m. outside The Hall at Patriot Place, and featured a Game of Thrones theme at the NRG Plaza. Three banners were draped inside the plaza -- one for Tom Brady, one for Bill Belichick and one for Rob Gronkowski -- all with their own "house" motto.
After some planned remarks from members of the club, including chairman and CEO Robert Kraft, Belichick and team captains, the Patriots will head to T.F. Green Airport to make their way to Minneapolis.
"Opening Night" of the Super Bowl -- which has replaced the week's traditional "Media Day" in order to move one of the league's marquee events to prime time -- is set to begin just after 8 p.m. Eastern.
James Harrison was a larger than life figure during his time in Pittsburgh.
It was as if God molded him to be a member of the Steelers: massive, physical, and an absolute bruiser.
But at the end of the day he is a football player. And athletes in this sport don't particuarly like time on the bench.
Mike Tomlin and the rest of the Steelers organization were reminded of this fact in a very harsh manner.
At the end of the December, Harrison made a late season move to sign with the Patriots. It left his former teammates in Pittsburgh frustrated, and his former fans confused.
But at the end of the day he just wanted to be on the football field again. And that's exactly where Belichick put him.
Harrison had the opportunity to appear in many more situations, and had several sacks at the end of the season.
Now there is a new report from Christopher Price of the Boston Sports Journal that he could re-sign with the Patriots in 2018.
A source close to Price and Harrison said "there's a reasonable chance" that he could be on the roster next year.
He will be playing this upcoming season at age 40, and has previously stated he'd like to play one or two more seasons.
There have been all kinds of theories of what ultimately kept Josh McDaniels from taking the Indianapolis Colts head coaching job.
NBC Sports Boston Patriots Insider Tom E. Curran offered his here and here. Ex-Pats linebacker Willie McGinest said he was told it wasn't because McDaniels was promised to eventually succeed Bill Belichick.
Now comes Sports Illustrated's Peter King, who told NBCSports Network's "PFT Live" that you can cross off the theory that McDaniels' reversal was about not wanting to move his family to Indianapolis.
“This had nothing to do with his family,” King said. “It was about the Patriots giving him a better option than Indianapolis.”
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