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The New England Patriots ranked 24th in our team guide. The player respondents’ feedback from our survey described the club’s facility as old, dated and in need of renovation. The staffing of the current facilities was also flagged as an issue in need of improvement, specifically in the weight room and training room. The player respondents’ indicated that facilities and operations at the Patriots can use a refresh.

Given the results, it is understandable that only 64% of players believe club owner Robert Kraft is willing to spend the money necessary for upgrades, ranking him 26th in this category.

Breakdown of Key Categories

Treatment of Families

Tied for 22nd

Support of Players' Families: Ranked 21st

  • They are one of 11 teams that do not offer daycare at the stadium
  • They are one of 14 teams that do not offer a family room at the stadium

Post-Game Gathering Area: Ranked 17th

Food Service / Nutrition


Quality of food: Ranked 13th

  • All three meals provided

68% of players say there is enough room in the cafeteria.

Weight Room


The players feel that the facilities and equipment have been the same for a very long time, and they feel like it is understaffed.

  • 85% feel they have enough strength coaches (Ranked 3rd worst)

Strength Coaches


The players believe that the strength coaches moderately add to their success. Most teams had positive reviews of their strength coaches which is why though they are listed as tied for 28th they still have a good overall grade.

  • 81% of players believe they receive an individual plan (30th)

Training Room



  • 84% feel they have enough ATCs
  • 75% feel they have enough PTs (11th worst in the league)
  • Overall belief that the training room lacks equipment.

Steam Room/Sauna

  • There is a steam room (80% feel it is big enough)
  • There is a sauna (73% feel it is big enough)


  • 77% of players feel they have enough hot tub space
  • 81% of players feel they have enough cold tub space

Training Staff


The players feel that their trainers significantly add to their individual success.

Locker Room


The main complaint is that players want a little more room to spread out without feeling on top of one another.

85% of players feel like they have enough space (19th).

Team Travel

  • 54% of players feel like they have enough room to spread out
  • No roommates
  • The seats are all bigger than standard coach seats

During the last two years, the Board of Representatives has discussed ways to improve the information available to free agents making decisions about their prospective Clubs and decided to pursue the development of “Club Report Cards” that, while not a scientific survey, would report the quantitative and qualitative opinions of NFL players about their respective Clubs.

In connection with that goal, questions were sent to every player on the 2022 team rosters asking them their opinions about their Club’s facilities, certain Club personnel/coaches, and other work-related categories, such as Club’s treatment of families and team travel (players were not asked questions about any Club other than their 2022 employer). As a result of the confidential questionnaire, 1,300 players responded. There then was a qualitative follow up by the union, which resulted in the following “report card.”

The questions called for both quantitative and qualitative answers; for example: “Grade your weight room with 1 reflecting best rating, 5 reflecting lowest rating” and “What would you change about your weight room?” The numerical ratings for each sub-category of questions were tallied and averaged. The questionnaire also sought to elicit the opinion of players on some issues that have a direct impact on the quality of life for NFL players. These qualitative responses, which are inherently subjective, were reviewed and evaluated by the union and then factored into providing an overall rating that was intended to reflect player opinions.

Based upon all of this information, the rankings from Club to Club were determined by comparing how each Club graded in each category.

Finally, the Club Report Card includes an overview, which is a summary of the players’ responses and opinions about the Club workplace and specifically about how players perceived Clubs’ commitment to workplace issues.