September 7, 2015


New England Patriots are new "America's Team" (Ryan Disdier, 9/07/15, NFL Spin Zone)

While the Dallas Cowboys enjoyed the nickname for a while, it's time to pass the torch to the team that deserves it. That team, of course, is the New England Patriots, and despite "Deflategate," I'm ready to don them America's Team.

First and foremost, the Patriots perfectly embody the "American Dream."

According to, the American Dream is defined as being: "the ideals of freedom, equality, and opportunity traditionally held to be available to every American."

Looking at the Patriots roster, it's very easy to spot players who either slid out of the first two rounds or went un-drafted altogether.

In fact, only six of New England's 22 starters were selected in the first round. The Patriots core is mostly made up of unheralded players who've made the most of their opportunity.

The biggest play from New England's most recent Super Bowl win came from an un-drafted rookie. The play will live forever, and it proves that being un-drafted doesn't mean dreams of becoming an NFL player have to be dashed.

Take a look at the combination of Tom Brady and Julian Edelman. Edelman was taken in the seventh-round of the 2009 NFL Draft. Edelman has become a slot machine as of late, emerging as Brady's favorite target not named Rob Gronkowski.

By now, we all know the incredible story of Tom Brady. The pudgy kid who was selected in the sixth round now has four Super Bowl rings on his fingers and Gisele on his arm. If that's not the epitome of the American Dream, than I'm not sure what is.

Furthermore, like America, the Patriots have a leader who seems to always be caught up in some form of controversy. Unlike quarterbacks like Peyton Manning and Aaron Rodgers, who typically have the support of the American audience, Brady is rather vilified outside of New England.

Posted by at September 7, 2015 9:10 AM

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