- In 1992, Mr. Orthwein bought the floundering New England Patriots. He sold the team two years later to its current owner, Robert Kraft. Mr. Orthwein had hired Bill Parcells as the Patriots' head coach, and the team had drafted Drew Bledsoe as its quarterback. The team made the Super Bowl after the 1996 season. Mr. Orthwein played a role in the arrival of the Rams in St. Louis from Los Angeles. He had owned 65 percent of the stadium rights and donated his ownership of those rights to FANS Inc., the nonprofit group that persuaded the Rams to move here.
In the Boston Globe, Kraft, who still owns the Patriots, said: "I have a great black-and-white photo of the two of us sitting at a table that day (when Orthwein sold the team) with my entire family standing behind us. It is a day I will never forget and a memory I will always cherish."