An estimated crowd of 35,000 turned out at Gillette Stadium for the ‘ Super Bowl rally Sunday morning, giving the team an emotional lift before boarding its flight to Atlanta.
“This is an awesome crowd. Just tremendous. This is the biggest sendoff we‘ve ever had,” coach Bill Belichick told those in attendance.
Belichick, dressed in a suit and tie, then thanked the crowd which filled the entire playing field and lower section of the stadium.
The team‘s decision to depart Sunday contributed to the large turnout. Last year, the Patriots departed for the Super Bowl on Monday.
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Owners Robert and Jonathan Kraft also addressed the crowd, and they briefly reflected on the 25th anniversary of buying the team. They credited fans for their support throughout the years.
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Brady closed it out by imploring the crowd to chant “We‘re still here!” multiple times, which has been one of the team‘s rallying cries.
The Patriots then boarded team buses for T.F. Green Airport in Providence. They are scheduled to arrive in Atlanta at 4:25 p.m. ET.