ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will end a near three-year drought on September 7 when he returns to Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts for the New England Patriots’ season opener.
Of course, after New England staged the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history to win a fifth Vince Lombardi Trophy last February, Goodell was left with little choice but to show up in Foxborough.
While New England’s opponent hasn’t been named, Goodell will pull up a seat in a stadium he hasn’t frequented in quite sometime.
Goodell has not been in Gillette Stadium since January 2015 when the Patriots needed a late comeback to defeat the Baltimore Ravens en route to winning Super Bowl XLIX.
Since that game, all hell broke loose between the Patriots and The Shield™ including a brutal legal battle that culminated with Tom Brady’s four-game suspension; the arrest of the Brady 4; Pats fans flipping off Goodell; and several passive aggressive speeches by team owner Robert Kraft.
You can guarantee that Goodell will have security to the gills when he enters Gillette. While it seems like the embers have cooled, old grudges die hard in the northeast.