The Patriots Hall of Fame presented Raytheon’s changing exhibit titled, Yes, It’s Still a Dynasty.
The exhibit closely examines the team’s accomplishments over the past two decades and how those feats compare to other NFL teams. Including the postseason, the 2000-2009 (126-52) Patriots and the 2010-present Patriots (135-37) have enjoyed the two winningest decades in NFL history. The Patriots have established unprecedented success in the 21st century, winning six Super Bowls, nine AFC Championships and 16 AFC East titles.
The Yes, It’s Still a Dynasty exhibit delves deeper into those numbers and celebrates the Patriots incredible success since winning its first Super Bowl in 2001. The exhibit also digs into what defines a sports dynasty and then compares, via formula, the greatest dynasties in the NFL, NBA, NHL and MLB.
“For the Patriots to win three Super Bowls in four years at the start of the new century, remain in the championship hunt for an extended period, and then win three more championships in a five-year span is truly remarkable,” Patriots Hall of Fame executive director Bryan Morry said. “Our Hall certainly celebrates championship success and plenty of individual honors and milestones, but we felt like after winning Super Bowl LIII in Robert Kraft’s 25th season, it was time to highlight the team’s dynastic period over the last two decades. This is Bill Belichick’s and Tom Brady’s 20th season with the team, so we figured the timing made sense to look back while the 2019 team strives to continue the success we’ve all enjoyed.”
The exhibit not only looks at the Patriots dominance across statistical categories, but also through unique artifacts collected by The Hall through the years. A video produced by Kraft Sports and Entertainment accompanies the exhibit.
A sampling of the notable game-used artifacts that will be on display include:
- Tom Brady’s jersey worn when he threw his 50th touchdown pass of the 2007 season
- Rob Gronkowski’s jersey worn in his last home game at Gillette Stadium in a 2018 playoff win over the Chargers
- Willie McGinest’s cleats worn during Super Bowl XXXIX
- Vince Wilfork’s gloves worn when he made his first career interception vs. the Chargers in 2011
- Cleats worn by Patriots and Pro Football Hall of Famer Ty Law during the 2003 Super Bowl XXXVIII championship season
- The Pro Bowl jersey Troy Brown wore during the 2002 Pro Bowl, just a week after the Patriots won their first Super Bowl.
- Julian Edelman’s jersey worn when he caught 10 passes for 100 yards in a 2015 playoff win over Kansas City.
Additionally, the Patriots Hall of Fame launched a fan vote on www.patriots.com to select the Patriots All-Dynasty Team, which will be revealed next summer as the exhibit transitions from celebrating the team accomplishments over the last two decades to honoring the best players that made up those teams.