What is the attraction of playing in Foxborough? That's the question Matt Bowen tackles in a recent post on The National Football Post.
From an entry entitled, "The Draw of Playing in New England," Bowen writes:
What is the attraction with Foxborough, Mass.? And why does it seem that every offseason, high-profile free agents are drawn to play for Bill Belichick and the Patriots? Today, we try to answer these questions and show that the Patriots are indeed the ultimate destination for NFL players who want to win championships.
Bowen played seven NFL season with four different teams and admits that, while he despised the Patriots for their success during his playing days, he would have come to Foxborough in a heartbeat.
Players are drawn to New England because of the coach, the wins, the “team” idea that seems to exist there compared to every other dysfunctional NFL franchise.
I despised the Patriots when I played because every January, when I was home after an early exit from the playoffs, or if my team didn’t even make the postseason, they were still playing. I used to ask myself why they were so good, just as I used to ask myself why their press conferences were so flat-out dull.
But I would have driven up there in a second if they had offered me a contract.