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Patriots alumni went absolutely crazy as New England won their fifth Super Bowl

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As the New England Patriots kept fighting through a 25-point deficit in the Super Bowl, former Patriots players far and wide went nuts over a mathematically impossible comeback.

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Hopefully you guys can all feel your toes again after that parade on Tuesday, because with Super Bowl 51 in the books, we're moving on to the offsea-

Ah, who are we kidding?  This week is pretty much going to be an open bar after-party with top-shelf everything from Sunday night's record-shattering, nerve-frying, meltdown-inducing, bottle-breaking (and subsequently, bottle-popping) title fight, a game that'll surely go down as one of the all-time classics.  Even calling it a classic doesn't seem to do it justice, the same as if someone says Scarlett Johansson is "pretty". A stone-cold classic, sure, but one that looked for well over half the game like the Patriots had all woken up that morning like we all  probably did on Monday morning.

Now imagine being one of the guys that built the New England Patriots from an AFC punching bag into one of the greatest, most dominant, most "I HATE you, but damn do I respect you" organizations in the history of professional sports, someone who made the blocks, laid the hits, caught the passes, and…ahem…did their job, and watching the 2016-2017 Patriots come out and completely bomb the first half.  Just completely faceplant. Tom Brady included.

Then, they're on the board.  Then you're going from "Never tell me the odds" to "Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?! NO!" to, well, like Tom puts it running out of the tunnel before every game, and often during them, "LET'S GOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!"

You thought you were fired up?  Pretty much anyone and everyone that's ever put on a helmet with the Flying Elvis, and even a few from back when the team still rocked the Pat Patriot logo, was right there with you.  These guys, the New England alums that won titles back when the Red Sox were still trying to break their title draught, and watched their brothers finally bookend the dynasty with a fourth Lombardi Trophy in 2015, weren't ready to go quietly into the night, either.

And in situations like the 28-3 hole the Patriots found themselves in, there's only two things that can save you:

1) A little bit of luck, and

2) Tom Brady doing Tom Brady things

Anyone who ever played with number 12 knew what's up.

Starting with one of the greatest defensive linemen to ever lace them up for New England!

Running back Stevan Ridley

Linebacker Jamie Collins

Running back Danny Woodhead

Offensive lineman Dan Koppen

Offensive lineman Damien Woody

Wide receiver Donté Stallworth

Quarterback Drew Bledsoe

Wide receiver/cornerback Troy Brown

Running back Kevin Faulk

Tight end Ben Watson

Safety Lawyer Milloy

Defensive lineman Richard Seymour

Wide receiver Deion Branch

Tight end Christian Fauria

Punter Zoltan Mesko

Cornerback Darius Butler

Wide receiver Chad Johnson/Ochocinco

Defensive lineman Sealver Siliga

Cornerback Aqib Talib

Fullback Heath Evans

Quarterback Bryan Hoyer

Safety Brandon Meriweather

Wide receiver Aaron Dobson

And of course, linebacker/defensive end Willie McGinest soaked it all in carrying the Lombardi Trophy to the now-five-time world champions.

Now if you all will excuse me, I have to vote on Alec's top-5 Patriots Super Bowls ranking.

Yeah. Top 5.