Crowds keep getting bigger at Patriots practices

AP

With Tom Brady now reaching G.O.A.T status, it’s critical to see him play before his career ends. It’s also critical, apparently, to see him practice.

Via Mike Reiss of ESPN.com, more than 15,000 fans showed up for Thursday’s Patriots practice. The team opened Gillette Stadium ramps overlooking the practice fields to accommodate the sea of humanity hoping to see the Patriots play.

Tight end Rob Gronkowski understands the magnitude of the interest, and he acknowledges who it’s for.

“Every single year it gets louder and louder,” Gronkowski said, via Reiss. “It’s Tom. If I was in the stands, too, I’d be up on my feet cheering for him. What he’s done for this organization, for all the fans, all the football he keeps playing, it’s just unbelievable. I think every time he gets out on the field, he deserves a standing ovation. I would be one of them in the crowd doing it too.”

And that’s one of the only times that Gronk has ever used the phrase “doing it” without it referring to oh never mind.

40 responses to “Crowds keep getting bigger at Patriots practices

  1. Gotta love the Pats patting themselves on the back for 15,000 fans…. that’s about 1/25 what America’s Team gets at their practices…. Nothing wrong with being a regional team though!

  2. With the exception of maybe the bruins boston reeks of bandwagon jumpers

    There are 30 year olds who have no idea what you are talking about. Pats have been a winning franchise since Kraft/Parcells/Bledsoe.

    This is also the same fan base that supported a punchline red sox team so ardently for 90 years that other fans were annoyed by the fanaticism.

    Thx for the tears though.

  3. kayes says:
    Jul 27, 2017 4:35 PM
    More witnesses in case Pats decide to cheat. I like it.
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    Really?!?! How do they cheat at their own practice?

  4. cheetasnevaprospa says:
    Jul 27, 2017 4:53 PM

    They want to be the first to see this year’s cheating method.

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    I’ll let you in on it. there going to play football better than your team, same as always.

  5. GOAT SYSTEM QB, GOAT coach/GM, GOAT owner, GOAT tight end, GOAT offensive line coach, I can go on and on. The rest of the league might as well give up. 19-0 until we aren’t.

  6. swhy19 says:
    Jul 27, 2017 4:47 PM
    Gotta love the Pats patting themselves on the back for 15,000 fans…. that’s about 1/25 what America’s Team gets at their practices…. Nothing wrong with being a regional team though!

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    The Patriots ARE America’s Team son…..they have been since 2001

  7. The Truth says:

    Jul 27, 2017 4:41 PM

    With the exception of maybe the bruins boston reeks of bandwagon jumpers
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    The Patriots have sold out EVERY SINGLE HOME GAME since 1993. So please explain to me how we are band wagon jumpers.

    15,000 people showing up to watch a Thursday practice only happens in New England which has the best fans in the NFL.

  8. It usually makes for a fun morning as long as it’s not too hot. It’s also a great opportunity for kids to see their favorite players up close often with helmets off and smiling. They have a great thing going in Foxboro and I agree with Gronk. Brady is a living legend and fans want to see him close up. They sell a lot of concessions to those 15K people too. It’s great business for the Krafts.

  9. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Jul 27, 2017 5:18 PM
    GOAT SYSTEM QB, GOAT coach/GM, GOAT owner, GOAT tight end, GOAT offensive line coach, I can go on and on. The rest of the league might as well give up. 19-0 until we aren’t.

    Yeah you might as will give it up, fake patriot fan.

    Cute how you throw the subtle jab at Brady with the “GOAT system QB”

    It’s just lame at this point

  10. Hard work and innovation used to be respected in this country

    Now the lazy little kiddies who are incapable of working hard call it “cheating”

    Lolz you’re going to go through life very unhappy until you understand what the words “work ethic” mean and actually get one for yourself

  11. ak185 says:
    Jul 27, 2017 4:41 PM
    Is it possible for Florio to say the words “Tom Brady” without immediately following it up with “G.O.A.T.”?

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    Probably not. Its really hard to do because of how the terms go so hand in hand. I see you werent able to either.

  12. mototax says:
    Jul 27, 2017 4:55 PM
    kayes says:
    Jul 27, 2017 4:35 PM
    More witnesses in case Pats decide to cheat. I like it.
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    Really?!?! How do they cheat at their own practice?

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    They get their execution down tighter than any other team. They also get coached at a higher level. When you hear their haters speak of cheating thats what they are referring to.

  13. abninf says:
    Jul 27, 2017 6:35 PM
    Yet the Cowboys still have a bigger fan base and are worth a billion dollars more.

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    I doubt it on the fan base size. Patriots players (not just Brady) have been too well featured in the top tiers of jersey sales for too many years to think its anyone but them.

    Their monetary worth just means Jerruh has a bigger investment giving a lesser return than what Kraft has going on.

  14. The Truth says:
    Jul 27, 2017 4:41 PM
    With the exception of maybe the bruins boston reeks of bandwagon jumpers

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    If you were talking about the high jersey sales they have in other team’s cities I might agree with you. But this is pretty much all local people showing up at the practice field on a Thursday and like it or not 15k is impressive.

  15. I am constantly impressed by the childishness of people who are incapable of celebrating greatness in others and this is probably because they possess none at all. There is an old phrase, “the dogs bark but the caravan moves on.” Some of us have been successful in our lives, we are not cynical and bitter because we feel like life gave us a raw deal because we didn’t try hard enough. Some of us are capable of manifesting a childlike enthusiasm. Some of us have heroes and realize how great they are for giving it everything they had, for rising to the occasion because of the greatness in their hearts. Tom Brady is such a one and you can whine and bitch all you like. Boy did I enjoy the last Super Bowl! Those of you who weasel about and demean those who are far beyond the reach of your murky dysfunctional wits, do no more than share the reek of your life’s failures with all and sundry here. Those of us who have made a success of our lives have no problem celebrating the accomplishments of others. I’ll tell you; jealousy, envy and the life are all the measure of a man if they are components of his existence. No one will ever be able to tell you what you are but everyone sees. You wear your failures like a cloak and it goes with you everywhere. One day you might wake up and one day you might not but meanwhile, life goes on without you.

  16. Say what we will about Gronk’s immaturity etc.; he’s always a team guy and you can tell he means it. Most of these guys really like their locker room; another credit to what BB puts together.

  17. patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Jul 27, 2017 5:18 PM
    GOAT SYSTEM QB, GOAT coach/GM, GOAT owner, GOAT tight end, GOAT offensive line coach, I can go on and on. The rest of the league might as well give up. 19-0 until we aren’t.

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    Im glad you are a fake fan just trolling. True Patriots fans find talk of 19-0 to be stupid and embarrassing. True Patriots fans find Superbowl predictions stupid and embarassing too. True Patriots fans know that they have only won a hair less than 1/3 of the Superbowls played during the Belichick Brady era (and have not even appeared in half of them, they are a hair under that too) so that right there makes it far from a lock. True Patriots fans know that no matter how loaded you are anything can happen over the span of a season. So true Patriots fans simply like what they are coming in with and look forward to nothing more than an exciting and competative season however it winds up.It has been almost two decades since that expectation wasnt met.

  18. And yet 77000 will show up for a Packers scrimmage between the O and D.

    Pats arent the only ones with huge crowds for practice.

  19. teal379 says:
    Jul 27, 2017 8:23 PM
    And yet 77000 will show up for a Packers scrimmage between the O and D.

    Pats arent the only ones with huge crowds for practice.

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    Packers have a practice facility that can seat 77k? I mean Lambeu only holds 81k and the attendance record there is 79k set in 2015. (Look it up)

  20. Pats fans can slow down patting themselves on the back, the Panthers drew over 17k for their first practice. Their fan fest in Charlotte 8/4 sold over 50k tickets.

  21. swhy19 says:
    Jul 27, 2017 4:47 PM
    Gotta love the Pats patting themselves on the back for 15,000 fans…. that’s about 1/25 what America’s Team gets at their practices…. Nothing wrong with being a regional team though!

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    15k x 25 is 375k. AT&T only holds 80k. Just sayin’.

  22. abninf says:
    Jul 27, 2017 6:35 PM
    Yet the Cowboys still have a bigger fan base and are worth a billion dollars more.

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    Don’t forget that the Cowboys haven’t gotten past the divisional round since 1995. My guess is Jerry would give up some of that valuation to have as many Super Bowl rings as the Patriots

  23. abninf says:
    Jul 27, 2017 6:35 PM
    Yet the Cowboys still have a bigger fan base and are worth a billion dollars more.

    Further proof that money can’t buy championships,

  24. All the Pats haters don’t seem to comprehend one very important fact:

    Jealousy is the most extreme, most intense, most over the top form of flattery.

    So on behalf of the rest of Patriots Nation, I say to them: Thank you for your jealousy. It helps confirm what we already know to be true: That the Patriots are the #1 team to beat, just as they have been for over 15 years and still going strong.

  25. stephenb1024 says:
    Jul 27, 2017 10:51 PM
    Pats fans can slow down patting themselves on the back, the Panthers drew over 17k for their first practice. Their fan fest in Charlotte 8/4 sold over 50k tickets.

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    Makes sense. Seeing Cam do fumble drills would be a huge draw well worth the price of admission.

  26. i love these Cowgirl fans. You guys realize that this isnt 1993, right? We are in the 21st century and have been for awhile now. Dallas has been an irrelevant franchise in the 21st century, just another doormat. Since 97′, you guys have won, what, 2 playoff games? pats have been to 7 Super Bowls and won 5 in the 21st century. Pats are now a double decade dynasty. funny cowgirl fans

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