Patriots take on Ice Bucket Challenge as a team

Patriots take on Ice Bucket Challenge as a team
August 12, 2014, 5:15 pm
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FOXBORO -- The challenges had been issued, and the Patriots finally made good. 

The Ice Bucket Challenge is a charitable endeavor to raise money and awareness for ALS -- also known as Lou Gehrig's disease -- that has gone viral on social media over the last few weeks with participants dousing themselves with ice water. Everyone from owner Robert Kraft to coach Bill Belichick and his players took part and got wet after a joint practice with the Eagles on Tuesday. 

When the Patriots completed their conditioning runs following the workout, they convened on a back corner of one of the practice fields equipped with buckets filled with ice water. While team personnel filmed the proceedings, Kraft challenged New England's rivals in the AFC East -- the Jets, Dolphins and Bills -- to participate themselves. 

Then the buckets flew. It appeared as though each player had his own bucket filled with water to pour on himself. In the moments following the initial dump, water continued to fly in a brief water fight between players. Not a bad way to end a long, hot practice. 

Kraft, who recently had been challenged along with Belichick by Giants president John Mara, credited Julian Edelman with getting the team organized for the event. (Edelman posted a video of himself taking the challenge last week, after which he challenged Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski and Danny Amendola to do the same. None of his teammates had accepted until Tuesday.)

Below a brief video of the team taking the challenge, courtesy of its official Twitter account. You can watch the full video here.