PatsFans.com
PatsFans.com
Mac JonesMac JonesTrey Lance
Search

New England Patriots > Patriots Blog > Patriots Video

VIDEO: Throwback Thursday – The Day Robert Kraft Bought The New England Patriots

Robert Alvarez
Robert Alvarez on Twitter
6 months ago at 6:19 pm ET
Posted Under: Patriots Video

VIDEO: Throwback Thursday – The Day Robert Kraft Bought The New England PatriotsRVR Photos - USA TODAY Sports

27 years ago today, the fortunes of the New England Patriots franchise would be forever changed when Brookline, Massachusetts native and longtime season ticket holder Robert Kraft purchased the team from then-owner James Orthwein.

On January 21, 1994, Kraft bought the Patriots for an at-the-time NFL record $160 million dollars, ensuring the team would stay in New England and not relocate to St. Louis, which was Orthwein’s initial plans.

“The commitments I made was that I believe that if we do the right things and manage it right, we get the support from the fans and the corporate community, that will be an asset for the whole community and our family long-term,” Kraft said. “But we have five years of hard work ahead of us, and I hope this community views it as a partnership. And I think it can be great. And I hope we can bring a championship here.”

On Thursday, the Patriots shared throwback news coverage from Kraft’s introductory press conference on the day of the sale.

 

Prior to Kraft’s ownership, the Patriots had just six playoff appearances in 34 years and three division titles.

Under Kraft, the Patriots have become a modern dynasty, winning 19 AFC East division titles, 10 AFC conference titles, six Super Bowl championships and have qualified for the NFL playoffs 20 times in his 27 years as owner.

As of 2020, the Patriots have become the second most valuable franchise in the NFL, worth $4.4 billion, second only to the Dallas Cowboys.


Posted Under: Patriots Video
Tags: Robert Kraft


  • guest

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

    2 Comments
    Oldest
    Newest Most Voted
    Inline Feedbacks
    View all comments
    Patrick Kelly
    Patrick Kelly
    6 months ago

    10 afc Conf titles

  • More News Headlines:

    ICYMI: Patriots Reveal Dates and Times For First Public Training Camp Sessions

    ICYMI: Patriots Reveal Dates and Times For First Public Training Camp Sessions

    By: Robert Alvarez
    The Patriots reveal specific dates and times for the first week of public training camp sessions at Gillette Stadium as fans return.
    3 days ago
    PHOTO: Julian Edelman Reflects On The Start Of Patriots Training Camp

    PHOTO: Julian Edelman Reflects On The Start Of Patriots Training Camp

    By: Robert Alvarez
    Newly retired Julian Edelman reflects on the start Patriots of Training Camp in latest social media posting.
    3 days ago
    Patriots Announce Date For 2021 Team Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

    Patriots Announce Date For 2021 Team Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

    By: Robert Alvarez
    The Patriots Announce Date of the team Hall of Fame induction ceremony for Richard Seymour and Tracy Sormanti.
    3 days ago
    MORSE: Patriots Roster Analysis Part 8 – Defensive Backs

    MORSE: Patriots Roster Analysis Part 8 – Defensive Backs

    By: Mark Morse
    The final installment of my roster evaluation focuses on the Defensive Backs. 
    3 days ago
    Daily Patriots News and NFL Notes: 5 Things to Know 7/27

    Daily Patriots News and NFL Notes: 5 Things to Know 7/27

    By: Ian Logue
    With training camp now looming, the vast majority of remaining players are set to arrive at Gillette Stadium on Tuesday, with players set to go…
    3 days ago
    Search For Links: - CLOSE
    For searches with multiple players
    add commas (Ex: "Bill Belichick, Devin McCourty")