No “passing of the torch” as Patriots reign supreme again

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New England Patriots’ Tom Brady (12) celebrates on the field, after the NFL Super Bowl 53 football game against the Los Angeles Rams, Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019, in Atlanta. The Patriots won 13-3. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

The New England Patriots are Super Bowl LIII champions, and who would have thought a sixth ring for Tom Brady at 41 years old and Bill Belichick at 66? Both men are the oldest to win a championship in their respective positions.

We had thought it was going to be a down year for the Pats. You look back, Rob Gronkowski had been thinking about retirement- then, he was almost traded. And there were questions about whether Tom Brady was “all in.” But guess what? They are #StillHere!

“These guys are competitors. They have a resolve to fit it, get it right,” Belichick said.

“Proud of our guys- hell of a year- crazy year. It’s surreal right now,” Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman said.

“I’ll tell you this: it is the most satisfying year I’ve ever been a part of,” Gronkowski said. “How we came together, the obstacles we had to overcome, the grind from the beginning of training camp to now. It’s just surreal.” 

“We went through life this year. We figured it out, we found our identity. We weren’t making big, flashy plays all the time- once in a while- but we stuck together, grinded, ran the ball, and now we’re Super Bowl champions. We’re world champions.”

Edelman said that he anticipates huge crowds for Tuesday’s duck boat parade in Boston to mark their championship. “I expect two million people. Two million. We just got six- let’s go!”

The Patriots assumed the underdog role against the Chargers and the Chiefs in the playoffs, and then, they were the favorites going into the big game against the Rams. Many thought this was going to be a “passing of the torch,” with Jared Goff, young quarterback and Sean McVay, the young genius head coach- but the Patriots have a shot to repeat: you have to think they’re the favorite.  It was two games in a row where it was youth versus experience, and Tom Brady victorious in both. It doesn’t seem like the end is in sight.

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