Immediately following Tuesday’s parade celebrating their historic victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI, Patriots running back LeGarrette Blount gathered his team around and reminded them that they were all going to meet right here, at Emerson College, first thing the next morning to clean up the mess made on and around Emerson’s campus.
Wednesday morning, they did just that. The 53 active players, in addition to the coaching staff, practice squad, front office, equipment staff, several media members and the team’s cheerleaders all piled into linebacker Dont’a Hightower’s car and pulled up on Boylston Street around 7:30am.
“Guys- I brought some extra trash bags if you need any,” quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Tom Brady announced to his entire offensive line as swept up an ocean of confetti, Dunkin Donuts cups, slush, vomit, and other assorted garbage left behind.
“Man, what a blast yesterday was,” said Patriot’s head coach Bill Belichick, who just Sunday led the Foxboro, Massachusetts-based football team to a second half comeback to capture the team’s fifth championship. “It’s great that all of our guys came back to tidy up. This whole thing has been a great team effort.”
Running back James White, who set Super Bowl records with 14 receptions and 20 points scored, including the final six on the game-winning play in overtime, was later seen handing off the Vince Lombardi Trophy to an Emerson Student so he could run two trash bags full of confetti to the dumpster out back behind LB.
“Let us give you a hand with those!” said wide receiver Julian Edelman as he and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels put their rakes down in front of the Colonial Building.
At press time, Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett and CEO/owner Robert Kraft were hand writing 1,934 thank you notes for each on-campus student, thanking them for their hospitality while passing through Emerson.