The New England Patriots have been one of the most successful teams in recent years. Since 2000, the Patriots have won six Super Bowls, with their last title coming in 2019. The Patriots have been a consistent team for many years, and the records show that.
Many successful players have played in the Patriots organization, and recently the Patriots All-Dynasty team was released. However, a player left off that list who had success during his time in New England and was upset about it.
The Patriots have an impressive playoffs streak
When you think about the teams throughout NFL history that have had success, you have to mention the Patriots. After clinching a playoff berth during the 2019 season, the Patriots have made 11 consecutive trips to the playoffs. That is the longest streak in NFL history. During the Patriots playoffs streak, they have won three Super Bowl titles. When you think of successful teams throughout NBA history, you have the Boston Celtics and LA Lakers. The New York Yankees are a team in the MLB that have had success throughout history. Then when it comes to the NFL, you have the Patriots.
Since the early 2000s, the Patriots have established themselves as one of the top teams in the NFL. The Patriots won their first Super Bowl in 2002 and then won back-to-back Super Bowl titles in 2004 and 2005. Head coach Bill Belichick has done what other coaches have not, and that’s win multiple Super Bowl titles.
Any team that makes the playoffs 11 consecutive seasons knows how to win. Not only have the Patriots made the playoffs 11 straight times, but they have multiple Super Bowl titles to show for. Since 2000, the Patriots have made the Super Bowl nine times. The Patriots have had some talented teams throughout the years that have led the team to success.
Deion Branch was a top receiver for the Patriots
One player who was a part of the Patriots’ first-ever Super Bowl-winning team was Deion Branch. The Patriots drafted Branch in the second round of the 2002 NFL draft. During his rookie season, he started in seven of the 13 games he played. Branch finished the season with 43 catches for 489 yards and two touchdowns. He led the Patriots with 36 kickoff returns for 863 yards and added two punt returns for 58 yards. The talented wide receiver missed the regular season’s final three games due to a leg injury and did not appear in the playoffs. The Patriots won the Super Bowl during Branch’s first year, which wasn’t the last time he would win a Super Bowl.
The next season, Branch saw an improvement in his numbers as he started in 11 of the 15 games he played in. He finished the season leading the team with 57 receptions for 803 yards. The Patriots made it back to the Super Bowl for the second consecutive season and took on the Carolina Panthers. Branch had 10 receptions for 143 yards and a touchdown as the Patriots won their second consecutive Super Bowl. After the game, Branch was named the Super Bowl MVP.
He spent his first four seasons with the Patriots and then was traded to the Seattle Seahawks, where he spent four and a half years. After his time in Seattle, he returned to the Patriots for a second stint. Branch ended his career playing for the team that drafted him. He finished his career with 518 receptions for 6,644 yards and 39 touchdowns. In 2016, ESPN ranked Branch No. 30 among the 50 greatest Super Bowl players of all-time.
Branch upset he was left off the Patriots All-Dynasty team
Recently, the Patriots released their All-Dynasty team, recognizing some of the best players to play in New England. The receivers that made the list were Wes Welker, Randy Moss, Julian Edelman, and Troy Brown. That’s right, Branch did not make the list, and he could not believe it. On his Twitter, Branch tweeted out an image of the All-Dynasty team with multiple emojis and the hashtag, “#WOWWWW.”
Apparently, Branch’s stats weren’t enough to make the list. The Super Bowl MVP finished his career with 328 passes for 4,297 yards with 24 touchdowns in 89 games with the team. Branch was not a happy camper when he went through that list and did not see his name on it.