New England Patriots

Jan 27, 2019; Atlanta, GA, USA; New England Patriots team plane arrives at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport for Super Bowl LIII. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hagy-USA TODAY Sports

By Matt Dolloff,

FOXBORO, Mass. — The Patriots won’t be needing either of their two team planes this weekend, with the Miami Dolphins coming to Foxboro for a game at Gillette Stadium. And apparently, they’re willing and able to loan their private transportation when another team can spring for it.

So the Navy football team decided this week that they want to fly high in the same plane as the six-time Super Bowl champions. They are renting one of the Patriots’ team planes for their trip to Memphis, Tenn. for the AutoZone Liberty Bowl against Kansas State.

Obviously, some very clever internet sleuths had to try to catch Navy blatantly violating NCAA rules by accepting the ride on the Patriots’ plane as a gift. Navy Athletics was quick to put the very cool and awesome tattles in their place.

Damn. That was close. The Angry Internet People almost nabbed another one.

Ultimately, it was a nice gesture by the Patriots to let a college team get a taste of the life of an NFL traveler. Didn’t come without a price, but for the players the experience was probably priceless.

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