The New England Patriots announced a database of all NFL players, their birthdays and their playing histories for use by the team’s music department.
“We wanted to make sure that the team had all of the music they could need to perform on the field and on the radio and to play in arenas, because we knew they’d be a big part of the fan experience,” said Greg Miller, the Patriots director of music, in a statement.
The database includes every player’s first, last, last name, age, gender, and the number of NFL games they’ve played, as well as any pre-existing recordings.
It also includes “pre-existing, existing, and forthcoming songs,” Miller said.
The new music system is part of a broader effort to make the team more engaging for fans, Miller said in the statement.
“This music database will be used by the entire team, including on the music video for the upcoming game against the New York Giants,” Miller added.
“As a fan, I know we are part of this music community and this is just a great way to celebrate our team.”
A team spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The team, which had just won its fourth Super Bowl title in six years, has a long history of embracing its musicians, and this latest database represents the latest in a string of initiatives.
In 2011, the team announced that it was partnering with the Boston Symphony Orchestra to create a database, as the team was trying to find new ways to play at the venues.
In 2013, the New England Symphony Orchestra also partnered with the team, and in 2014 the team added a new database that included more than 1,500 musicians, including artists such as The Weeknd, Beyoncé, and Beyoncé’s husband Jay Z. Last year, the NFL added a database for players who were on the commissioner’s exempt list and were not eligible for free agency.
And in 2016, the league partnered with Google to create the NFL Sound Database.