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Billy Sullivan Set to Go Into the Pats HOF

As the New England Patriots get ready to celebrate their 50th anniversary, Robert Kraft (CEO & Chairman of the Pats) has announced that the team will be inducting Billy Sullivan – the franchise’s original owner – into the Patriots Hall of Fame. Mr. Sullivan will be the first “contributor” inductee. Currently there are 13 players in the Pats HOF with the 14th inductee to be chosen by the fans during the 2009 season.

On November 16, 1959 William H. (Billy) Sullivan Jr was awarded the eighth and final charter franchise of the American Football League. The original name – The Boston Patriots – was chosen through a public contest and during the 1960s the Patriots played their home games in a plethora of stadiums throughout Boston including Fenway Park, Boston University Field, Harvard Stadium and Alumni Field at
Boston College.

It wasn’t until 1971 that the team moved to Foxborough and they were renamed the New England Patriots. In 1983 the Patriots’ home stadium was renamed Sullivan Stadium in honor of Mr. Sullivan, who continued to own the team until 1988 when he sold the team to Victor Kiam. Mr. Sullivan died in 1998 at the age of 82.

Inducting Mr. Sullivan in to the Patriots HOF is a classy move on the part of the Kraft Family. While the fans’ relationship with the Sullivan Family might have been rocky at times, without them we might not have a home team to be cheering for. Congrats Mr. Sullivan. We appreciate all you did for football in New England.

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