"You came out yesterday, over one million strong. That is enough to make you the greatest in the NFL, although you're used to those numbers (you did the same two years ago).
The greatness comes from the attendance and the interest and the appreciation of subtlety; for example, you actually dig the kicker. The players know how good they have it. The alternative could be the sound of silence in Arizona. Or it could be winning a championship in a city that doesn't know how to celebrate its athletes.
Fans here know how to throw parties and parades. The Patriots, especially the veterans, have been around. They know how uncommon yesterday's Patriots Day in February was.
So they said thank you, over and over.
There was a lot being said with those two words."--Michael Holley, Globe Columnist