Despite the outcome of the Patriots-Bills game, Gillette Stadium saw one of its most memorable moments of the season on Sunday afternoon. Just before halftime, team reporter Jackie Brittain led the crowd in singing "Happy Birthday" to Pete Frates, the former Boston College baseball player who created the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness of ALS.
In the company of his family, Pete celebrated his 30th birthday as a special guest at the Patriots-Bills game. In the morning, he had a chance to see the team's three Vince Lombardi trophies and spend time with owner Robert Kraft before settling in to watch the game.
The special birthday celebration came just one day after hundreds of people ran into freezing ocean waters as part of the third annual Pete's Plunge fundraiser in Gloucester, Mass. The event raised more than $130,000 for ALS charities and Pete's medical needs, adding to the millions donated to the ALS Association last summer through the Ice Bucket Challenge. The Patriots, joined by Coach Belichick and Mr. Kraft, decided to take the challenge as a team in August, after Julian Edelman nominated Danny Amendola, Rob Gronkowski and Tom Brady to do it.