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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, 985TheSportsHub.com

The Patriots will get to fly their plane to the Super Bowl, after all. But it’s for a noble cause: the Pats announced Tuesday that it will personally fly 76 “healthcare superheroes” to Super Bowl LV in Tampa on the team plane.

All 76 healthcare workers on the Patriots plane will represent hospitals and other healthcare organizations from one of the six New England states. Fifty-six represent Massachusetts, with the other five states sending four each.

In all, the Super Bowl will play host to 7,500 vaccinated healthcare workers in attendance, as part of a crowd of up to 22,000 fans.

The Patriots’ plane made headlines last April, when it flew to China and back to deliver 1.2 million N95 masks to healthcare workers in New England and across the U.S.

The Patriots announced that they will personally fly 76 healthcare workers to the Super Bowl on their team plane. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The Patriots announced that they will personally fly 76 healthcare workers to the Super Bowl on their team plane. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

“Last April, when our plane returned with masks from China, we never could have imagined the devastation this pandemic would cause, nor could we have dreamed of the heroic stories and achievements that have come to be as a result, especially the dedication of healthcare workers on the front lines and the creation of safe and effective vaccines,” Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft said in a press release. “Ten months later, it’s an honor for us to celebrate these healthcare workers by giving them a well-deserved break for a day and an opportunity to enjoy the Super Bowl, a reality that is only made possible because of the vaccines.

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“We hope that in doing so, others are also encouraged to get vaccinated as they are able. Once again, we want to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts to all of the healthcare heroes who have risked their well-being to ensure ours. They are truly superheroes to us.”

The healthcare workers are excpected to fly out to the Super Bowl Sunday morning, and fly back on the Patriots’ plane after the game.

Matt Dolloff is a digital producer for 985TheSportsHub.com. Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Have a news tip, question, or comment for Matt? Yell at him on Twitter @mattdolloff or send him a nasty email at matthew.dolloff@bbgi.com.