Here’s the Patriots Banner That Would Have Been Raised if Brady’s Suspension Hadn’t Been Overturned (Pic)

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The image you see above is the Patriots Super Bowl banner raised on Thursday night at Gillette Stadium prior to the season-opener between the Pats and Steelers. However, that’s not that Patriots banner that would have been raised if Tom Brady‘s Deflategate suspension had not been overturned. Last week, team president Jonathan Kraft strongly hinted that the team would have raised a different banner had Judge Richard Berman not saved the day.

“Well we may have been raising a banner,” Kraft said, “it just might not have been our championship banner. Rest assured, Super Bowl XLIX’s banner was not being raised if Tom Brady was not on the field. He needed to be here the first game that that banner existed in the stadium.”

Later, when pressed for more info about this hypothetical alternate Patriots banner, Kraft dropped a few more hints.

“1 and 2 was on it. Not ‘free.’ There may have been some other things that were on the banner as well,” Kraft explained. “Tom might have been a three-time Super Bowl MVP and a four-time Super Bowl winner and that might have been part of it too.”

Sounds like they had a pretty thorough contingency plan, huh? Well, as it turns out, they had the alternate banner all ready to go, just in case the suspension wasn’t lifted. And last night, Melissa Stark, got a look at it:

It may not have the words “Free Brady” on it, but it still would have been a big metaphorical middle finger to the league.

It’s probably for the best that the Pats didn’t have to raise it.

Hat Tip – [CBS Sports]

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