Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 11/7/12
Over the past decade, the New England Patriots have been widely regarded as the most successful franchise in football. As it turns out, players around the NFL have bought into that idea, too. A group of 103 NFL players from 27 teams across the league voted the Patriots as the “best organization in the NFL,” according to a poll from Sporting News. The Patriots received 34 votes in the poll, 13 more than the second place Pittsburgh Steelers who registered 21. A trio of titles over the past decade surely had an impact on the Patriots perception around the league. The legacy and tradition in New England are major motivating factors, especially for players looking across the NFL “Patriots. Just their history of winning — it speaks for itself,” one NFC defensive player was quoted as saying in the piece. But there’s also a general consensus that New England is just a more enjoyable franchise to play for. Even after players leave the confines of Gillette Stadium, whether for other NFL teams or retirement, there always seems to be positive feelings toward the organization. “New England Patriots. The organization does a good job of bringing guys in and plugging them in different places and getting it done,” another NFC defensive player said in the story. “The backfield for instance — they’re shuffling that around. And some of the receivers when Tom Brady won the Super Bowl, they weren’t huge names, but that got it done.” The Patriots perch atop the NFL is pretty interesting given that the same players voted Bill Belichick as the second most overrated head coach in football. Apparently, Belichick isn’t responsible for the Patriots success over the last decade or making them such an appealing franchise. Weird how that works. Have a question for Luke Hughes? Send it to him via Twitter at @LukeFHughes or send it here.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Rams owner buys massive 520,000-acre Texas ranch

Cam Newton explains why he did not dive on fumble

George Karl’s agent rips Kings, wants broadcaster reprimanded

WATCH: Popovich has funny reaction to New Hampshire results

Suns vets pull packing peanut prank on rookie Devin Booker

Teammate gives Manning final completion ball from Super Bowl

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Ole Miss Football cited in 13 of 28 department violations by NCAA

Larry Sanders to consider NBA comeback after other interests stabilize

The NCAAB power rankings

SEC begins crying foul over Jim Harbaugh’s spring break plans at Michigan

Marc Gasol reportedly out indefinitely with broken foot

Patriots waive Montee Ball despite never officially re-signing running back

WATCH: Blackhawks coach walks out of press conference

Greg McElroy: Cam Newton 'quit on his team'

Tennis umpires secretly banned over gambling issues

WATCH: Dancing Kentucky fan slides down rail, fails

Clemson LB has great response to NFL draft analyst's criticism

Former Aggies QB Kyle Allen reveals culture problems at Texas A&M

Roy Williams collapses during game vs. BC

Panthers TE Greg Olsen shaves off his playoff beard

Derek Fisher thanks Knicks in statement

Miami Heat to honor Shaq by retiring his number 32

Oakland Raiders release Nate Allen

B.J. Penn announces he will return at UFC 197

Bring back the Dunk Contest

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

The NCAAB power rankings

Report: Kings to keep coach George Karl

Was Alain Vigneault right about NHL's lack of punishment towards Wayne Simmonds?

Report: Knicks fire coach Derek Fisher

The best and worst commercials from Super Bowl 50

Best and worst from Super Bowl 50

Six best plays from Super Bowl 50

Eli doesn't look thrilled as Peyton wins Super Bowl

Did Beyonce almost fall down during Super Bowl halftime show?

Curry to serve as drummer for Panthers

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker