In light of the Brady news, a note on the NFL commissioner's father, the late Charles Goodell.
The elder Goodell, a moderate N.Y. Republican, served in the House and was appointed by Rockefeller to the Senate in 1968 following RFK's death. He lost in 1970 to William F. Buckley's brother, Jim.
That year, 1970, is also notable in Patriots history. The team played its final season as the Boston Patriots and used Harvard Stadium as its home field.