The New England Patriots are in the middle of a 16-season streak of winning records. They have four Super Bowl championships, reached the title game twice more, and are in contention on an annual basis. The Los Angeles Rams just relocated away from St. Louis and they haven’t had a winning season since 2003.
The two franchises have certainly gone in different directions since the Patriots’ victory over the Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI and New England is going to remind the Rams of that fact by hosting a 15th Year Reunion for players from that Super Bowl squad.
“For all that happened that year, both on and off the field, the 2001 season will always be one of the most memorable in franchise history,” said Patriots Chairman and CEO Robert Kraft said via a press release. “The fact that the season ended on a game-winning field goal in the Super Bowl was the perfect ending to a storybook season. I can’t believe it has already been 15 years. We are eager to welcome everyone back to Gillette Stadium. It is going to be a lot of fun to reminisce with the team and I am really looking forward to giving our fans the opportunity to welcome this team back for the first time.”
The Patriots have slowly been building up to this moment all year, with weekly walks down memory lane, reminiscing about the 2001 team. The Patriots will recognize the 2001 team with a halftime celebration when the Patriots host the Rams.
It’s crazy to think all of this time has passed. Not only will the Patriots be celebrating their first of four Super Bowls, quarterback Tom Brady will also have a chance to set an NFL record with 201 career victories.
Apologies to Rams fans if this brings back bad memories.