During the hysteria of Deflategate, calls were made for the Patriots to hold off from their championship banner raising ceremony unless Tom Brady was in attendance and in uniform.
Traditionally, the Super Bowl champion from the previous season will raise their new banner on the first home game of the following season, but with a possible Brady suspension looming, fans wanted the team to wait until he was there to celebrate last year’s title.
With the suspension overturned, though, Brady was ready to roll last night and the team was ready to raise their banner next to the other four from the 2001, 2003, and 2004 seasons.
With so much of the focus on the ceremony, a dance team from Boston called DanceWorks Boston was given the thrill of a lifetime when they were asked to participate in the celebration with an on-field dance as the banner was raised.
Cara Spilsbury, a Portland native and 2002 graduate of Deering High School, has been a member of DanceWorks Boston for several years after getting her start in dancing at Casco Bay Movers in Portland, and was happy to share her experience.
“We had to learn a ton of choreography,” said Spilsbury on Thursday after the game. “We came to practice at Gillette Stadium yesterday for 7 hours!”
According to Spilsbury, the dance routine was part of a surprise celebration.
She didn’t just participate in the dance number though: