New England Patriots - Greatest Sports Franchises
Founded in 1959 as the Boston Patriots, the New England Patriots struggled through their first years in the league. Despite playoff showings during the 1970s, and even a Super Bowl appearance 1986, the team was fruitless until the 1990s, and even then they didn’t win a Super Bowl until after the new millennium. What turned things around were the additions of Bill Belichick as coach and Tom Brady as quarterback – the team won their first championship after the 2001 season, and then won two more during that decade. WatchMojo.com continues our series on the Greatest Sports Franchises of All Time with a look at the New England Patriots.