On March 30, 2009, this year's Hall of Fame nomination committee gathered at The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon for their annual meeting to nominate three finalists for the Patriots Hall of Fame. In addition, the committee of media, alumni and staff were charged with selecting four all-decade teams as well as a 50th Anniversary Team. Players were discussed and debated. A closed ballot vote determined each of the five teams. The 50th Anniversary Team and each of the all-decade teams are listed below.
The Patriots 50th Anniversary Team will be honored during a halftime ceremony at the 2009 regular season opener against the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football. Fans will find a complimentary poster included in every 2009 Yearbook, which are available at the Patriots Pro Shop beginning Sunday, Aug. 2.
50th Anniversary Team
OFFENSIVE CAPTAIN: WR/K Gino Cappelletti
** All-Decade Teams
* About the Patriots Hall of Fame nomination committee*
In 2007, the New England Patriots created a hall of fame nomination committee consisting of a panel of tenured media, alumni and staff to annually discuss candidates for consideration in the Patriots Hall of Fame. Each year, the committee gathers to discuss and debate each nominated former player and head coach. A vote determines the three finalists. Once the finalists are announced, fans have an opportunity to vote for the person they feel most deserving to be inducted into the team's hall of fame. The Patriots are the only team that includes their fans in the process of selecting their hall of famers.
Members of the Patriots Hall of Fame Committee.