The New England Patriots solidified their place in the NFL record books with their stunning comeback win in Super Bowl LI. The everyday fans watching from their homes aren’t the only ones celebrating though, as a score of celebrities joined in on the festivities. Some are lifelong Pats fans who just so happened to get famous, while others are friendly with owner Robert Kraft, quarterback Tom Brady, or head coach, Bill Belichick.
Anytime a team garners this many accolades, they’re bound to pick up some well-known fans along the way. That goes double for the Patriots, even while a wide swathe of the country was rooting for the relative underdog, the Falcons. So who exactly was out celebrating once Tom Brady lifted the Lombardi trophy?
1. Mark Wahlberg
Mark Wahlberg’s Boston roots run deep, having been born and bred in the Boston neighborhood of Dorchester with his eight siblings. He was seen on the field before the game, schmoozing with the Patriots and getting a lay of the land at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas. It’s said he’s close with Tom Brady too, with the quarterback having appeared alongside Wahlberg on Entourage and Ted 2.
2. Gisele Bündchen
This one falls firmly in the “duh” category, but it’s worth including Gisele all the same. The Victoria Secret model married quarterback Tom Brady in 2009, and together they have two children. That of course, makes her the biggest Patriots fan not raised in Boston, and she was seen celebrating with her husband and children as the confetti fell at NRG Stadium.
3. Sir Elton John
Elton John may be British, but a close working relationship with Patriots owner, Robert Kraft has put him firmly in the team’s camp over the years. John was named “captain” by Kraft for a 2009 game played in London, was spotted in a luxury suite at Super Bowl LI, and was recognized by Kraft as the “most famous person” listed in his contacts.
4. Ben Affleck
Ben Affleck is right up there with Mark Wahlberg in terms of famous lifelong Patriots fans. Affleck was raised in Falmouth, Massachusetts with his brother Casey, and grew up rooting for the Red Sox and Pats. He’s also been an outspoken supporter in the wake of the Deflategate scandal, having taken to Bill Simmons’ show on HBO to defend his beloved hometown team earlier this season.
5. Chris Evans
Ben Affleck and Mark Wahlberg aren’t the only Boston-bred actors actively rooting for their hometown sports teams. Chris Evans grew up 20 miles outside of Boston in Sudbury, Massachusetts and has been a Patriots and Red Sox fan his whole life. As you can see in the above tweet, he was more than a little excited following Tom Brady’s improbable fourth quarter comeback, and likely spent the better part of his night celebrating in the streets.
6. Matt Damon
When it comes to Boston sports fandom, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are pretty much a matched set. The duo goes way back, having shared common interests as creative partners and New England sports fans. Damon was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, went to Harvard University (but didn’t finish), and won an Oscar for Good Will Hunting soon after leaving school. Today, when he’s not making movies, he can be found rooting for his hometown teams with Affleck.
7. Elizabeth Banks
Elizabeth Banks grew up a little over 100 miles outside of Boston, but that never dampened her love of the Patriots. Unless you’re a New Yorker, being raised in the Northeast prequalifies you to root for New England. You can find her on Twitter lauding her favorite football team (see above), and Super Bowl LI was certainly no exception for the talented actress.
8. John Krasinski
The Office alum’s Patriots roots run deep, having grown up in the Brighton neighborhood of Boston. He’s been a lifelong fan of his hometown team, taking to social media both before and after Super Bowl LI to voice his support. He even tweeted at fellow fan, Chris Evans (who was actually at the game itself) before kickoff, asking how things were looking at NRG Stadium in his best Boston accent.
9. Conan O’Brien
Despite his status as a late night talk-show host, Conan has made no mystery of his football loyalties, coming straight out of Brookline, Massachusetts (just five miles outside of Boston proper). In the week leading into Super Bowl LI, he shot a sketch with Tom Brady and Falcons defensive end, Dwight Freeney, where Brady destroyed Conan in a round of the For Honor video game.
10. Steven Tyler
Steven Tyler may technically be a New Yorker, but Aerosmith will always be known as a Boston-based product. The band cut their teeth playing clubs in the Boston area, sharing a small apartment together on Commonwealth Avenue. Tyler has been seen down on the field celebrating with the Patriots after past Super Bowl wins, sporting their gear, and looking generally exuberant.
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