Taylor McCloud — Pats Militia
Being named a team captain is an honor for any athlete on any level. Today, the New England Patriots bestowed that honor upon a group of players.
Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Duron Harmon, Dont'a Hightower, Devin McCourty, Matthew Slater and David Andrews are the 2017 Patriots captains.
— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) September 5, 2017
Traditionally, the Patriots name only four captains, but they’ve never been shy about honoring players who deserve it. Consequently, the team named six captains.
Tom Brady headlines the list, but is certainly no stranger to captainship. This season will mark his sixteenth in a row as team captain. Though, he is not the only Patriots’ player to hold this title multiple times.
Both Matthew Slater and Devin McCourty have been captains since 2011. Since then, the two of them have exemplified the ‘Patriot Way’. They’ve produced on the field, and have been exemplary off of it. McCourty (along with his brother, Jason) is partners with a charity which helps fund the battle against Sickle Cell, and Slater was the 2017 recipient of the Bart Starr award, an award given annually to “a player who exemplifies character and leadership on and off the field.”
Rob Gronkowski and Dont’a Hightower are also multiple-time captains. Both were named captains last season and their teammates voted to keep them around for another year.
Unlike Brady, Slater, McCourty, Gronkowski and Hightower, Duron Harmon and David Andrews are first-time team captains. The two were rewarded with new contracts this summer and were rewarded again today by their teammates.