New England Patriots president Jonathan Kraft told 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Marc Bertrand and Chris Gasper on Patriots Preview Thursday night that they weren’t going to raise their new Super Bowl banner on opening night without Tom Brady. Now they can do so since his suspension was overturned.
With Brady on the field, the Patriots will now move forward with raising their Super Bowl XLIX banner. It was a ceremony they wouldn’t have held if Brady wasn’t allowed in the stadium, Kraft said defiantly on Thursday. The Patriots had a backup plan, with Kraft hinting that they had a Brady-themed banner ready to go, but he’s happy the original plans will go forward.