Keller @ Large: Give Credit To Patriots And Their Fans

BOSTON (CBS) – As we celebrate the latest and, arguably, the greatest Patriots’ Super Bowl title ever, let’s take a moment to consider just what it is we’re celebrating.

Obviously, we’re honoring the skill and accomplishment of the players.

As Coach Bill Belichick constantly points out, they’re the ones getting the job done on the field, playing hurt, performing at a high level, modeling determination and toughness.

And certainly, the coach and his staff are being celebrated in the Back Bay today.

In a culture where examples of brilliant leadership are few and far between, Belichick and his assistants consistently show how it’s done, without fanfare and without belittling the opposition. I’ve suggested in the past that Belichick turn to politics when he’s done with football, and that idea has never seemed more valid.

Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

I hope there are some in the crowds Tuesday who will also be honoring the Kraft family, who’ve shown every other team in the league how to build a dynasty with smart management techniques, combining commitment to core players with a willingness to change and adapt. They are closely involved, but are never overly meddlesome.

Roger Goodell, after handing the Lombardi Trophy to Robert Kraft. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Roger Goodell, after handing the Lombardi Trophy to Robert Kraft. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

And it’s nice to see such smart, successful businessmen who are also altruistic toward the community.

But along with all of those worthy honorees, let’s also give ourselves a little credit today.

None of our teams would be as successful as they are if we weren’t the nation’s most loyal, committed fan base. Other cities may have devout sports fans, but not in our numbers.

Patriots fans line up outside of Gillette Stadium to send the team off to Houston and Super Bowl LI. (WBZ-TV)

Patriots fans line up outside of Gillette Stadium to send the team off to Houston and Super Bowl LI. (WBZ-TV)

And where in America are the fans more deserving of our amazing run of success?

Yes, the weather’s much nicer in Miami today. But Miami’s teams stink.

So let it rain, and all hail the Pats.

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  1. One point to consider, Jon, in your desire to have Bill Belichick in politics…

    As coach of the Patriots, he has the power to dispatch any player that is not buying into the systerm summarily. If a player doesn’t go by the Patriot’s rules or isn’t giving 100% in practice, in the meetings, even in his private life, that player is GONE.

    And you are complaining when President Trump fires an Acting Attorney General for violating her oath of office and failing in her lawyer capacity to zealously represent the interest of her client, the administration of the duly elected President of the United States?

    Me thinks you are engaging in a serious round of hypocrisy in wishing for Belichick to turn his skills to The people’s affairs.

    He is a tyrant in his world.

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