FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - The Hall at Patriot Place presented by Raytheon has opened a new exhibit titled, "Recording Artists," which celebrates and honors the NFL, Super Bowl and playoff records held by Patriots players and coaches.
Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick are prominently featured in the exhibit, as both have made their marks on the record books over the past 18 seasons together, but players like James White, Randy Moss, Drew Bledsoe, Ryan Allen, Andre Tippett and Willie McGinest are also among those highlighted.
While the exhibit focuses on individual records, it does highlight the 40th anniversary of the 1978 Patriots team that set the NFL single-season rushing record with 3,165 rushing yards – a record that still stands today. The display also highlights a number of franchise records.
"This new exhibit showcases our players' amazing accomplishments throughout the franchise's rich history in the NFL," said Bryan Morry, Hall executive director. "The Patriots emphasize a team-first mentality, which has resulted in a number of individual accolades and record-setting performances en route to the team's incredible run of sustained success. We have the Super Bowl trophies, which obviously honor the team's championship success, so this exhibit is intended to highlight the individual records while also celebrating the 1978 team's achievement."
The Hall's extensive artifact collection is on display in the exhibit, including the jersey Randy Moss wore when the Pro Football Hall of Famer hauled in his NFL record 23rd touchdown reception on Dec. 29, 2007, which also was Brady's then-NFL record 50th touchdown pass of the season. Brady's jersey from that game is also included in the exhibit. A sampling of other artifacts include the football Brady threw to Wes Welker for a record-tying 99-yard touchdown pass, a Bledsoe jersey from the 1994 season, McGinest's Super Bowl XXXIX game-worn cleats, and the football LeGarrette Blount carried to set the Patriots single-season rushing touchdown record in 2016.
The exhibit's design features a wall filled with old vinyl records to give it a nostalgic feel and musical touch that plays to its name, "Recording Artists."
"We incorporated a music theme to the exhibit, showcasing the players' records on graphics of old LPs," Morry said. "Jon Bon Jovi, who was recently inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame, is close friends with Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick so it seemed like a fun way to theme an exhibit about records. I have to imagine that all three of these men will be hall of famers someday, so we even worked in a picture of the three of them together."
Additionally, a video produced by Kraft Sports Productions shows highlights that celebrate some of the records held by Brady and Belichick.
"The highlight video does a terrific job of bringing some of the records to life," Morry said. "Tom Brady and Bill Belichick are among the greatest in league history and we have been fortunate to watch them work so well together on the field for so long. They have set records and won championships so the video puts an exclamation mark on the exhibit."
"Recording Artists" will be on display at The Hall until next summer.
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