If there’s one thing DOTW has proven, it’s that you don’t need tens of thousands to make a difference.
Here’s to those, past and present, who helped this group reach new heights.
– Jimmy Derochea: Co-Chairman & Spokesperson for DOTW, he filed a consumer complaint against the NFL, starting an online petition on Change.org to get the Patriots’ lost draft picks back. He has also served as quite the diplomat, handling outside occurrences and attacks from opposing groups with grace, stature and respect, allowing DOTW to keep its reputation and lead by way of example in displaying grand acts of integrity and fairness. There is no other Defender like him!
– Nate “Kyng” Borges: Co-Chairman & Director of Operations for DOTW, he recruited Jimmy and Dave, built the platform of the Defenders, and gave sight to a shared vision to ACTIVELY fight for something, rather than whine and moan on social media. He has shown great heart, will and determination, being fierce and relentless in his action to defend not just the wall, but the Defenders overall. He also founded the Patriots of Virtue program, paying tribute to those with cancer, those with autism, those who are bullied and paying special tribute to the US Armed Forces within the Patriots Nation. He also acts at the group’s media director in creating short films and trailers for the group.
– Dave Jacqueson: Head of Membership for DOTW, he helped DOTW gain its numbers and in addition helped DOTW gain support from all throughout the Patriots Nation on Facebook. He is our Silent Knight, giving new meaning to the creed of “We were in the dark to serve the light”!
– Charissa Connolly: Boston Advocate for DOTW, she has served as our most loyal member to the group, keeping us up to date with local information from Boston and New England. As well as encouraging members to rise up, building quite the following on Twitter, raising page morale and member interaction. She has given the DOTW a new and louder voice!
– Mike DiMauro: Page Security & Morale Ambassador for DOTW, he has always spoken passionately about the Patriots, and his will and determination to march onward has been bar none, despite any setbacks we’ve faced. He makes sure to keep our page clean and free of drama or unnecessary posts, and he has done so with grace and fortitude. He is our beloved brother to us, but he’s the Autistic Patriots Fan to you! #AutismSpeaks! #TimeToListen!
– Sheilla Dingus: Former Secretary of Treasury & Journalist for DOTW, she worked perhaps the hardest out of all of us, researching into the depths of Deflate Gate and various other problems found within the NFL’s reach. She also started this website, giving the Defenders an official place to start their crusade, and is definitely one of the founding members to DOTW. She was released from the group due to a difference of idea in direction for the group, but she is still in good faith with us, and has continued on fighting against the injustices within all sports, from the Olympics to Football to Basketball and all else in between.
– Steven Royal: Former Page Security & Team Information Leader for DOTW, he provided the DOTW with team updates, and various articles surrounding our group’s goals. He also did extensive behind the scenes in work, in protecting the page’s security from trolls, haters and spies from other groups. As well as always supporting our main goals in sharing them all over the Patriots Nation on Facebook.
– John V. Gray: Former Page Morale Officer for DOTW & (current) President of the Atlanta Patriots Fan Club, John being known as the guy with the Tom Brady mask at the Red Sox games, he helped us in the earlier beginnings of DOTW in brainstorming new ideas, and brought a new level of passion to our administration. He was released due to a difference of belief in action, and felt it was counterproductive to the reputation we were trying to build, but still hold John in good regard, and should he see this, hello from DOTW to the Atlanta Patriots Fan Club!
– Carlton Soares: Carlton’s group PatsFan4Life was the group in which Jimmy, Dave and Nate met in, as well as Sheilla and Charissa. His group played a huge part in our formation and foundation, and has been an incredible support system and sister site to DOTW to this day.
– Dave Garofalo: Perhaps one of more passionate members, at least in the heart, he has always shown love and appreciation for DOTW, and starting up his own blog/article page on Google+, with very passionate, to-the-point writing defending our beloved Patriots. (You can check out his blog here:)
– Mark Feldman: A more recent member, Mark quickly became an actively supportive Defender, helping us push out our articles, messages and announcements, as well as taking it upon himself to encourage page interaction, and encouraging others to rise up above themselves for our Patriots of Virtue program. He has been a tremendous brother in arms and an Elite Defender to the Wall.
– Jay P. Rockholt: Perhaps the newest Defender, Jay has shown a great support for DOTW in sharing our articles and posts, and he too took it upon himself to encourage members to rise up aiding our Patriots of Virtue program, as well as joining us on Twitter, pushing our message to the masses. He has been an incredible brother in arms and we hope to build even a stronger connection to him!
– Angela Worthington: One of our longest time members, she’s been a Defender since the beginning, prior to even forming the DOTW (in PatsFan4Life). Never short on words she has always shown a die hard mentality to the Patriots, defending the wall as one should, in its truest definition, she has been quite the supporter of DOTW and her team. Her attitude is the kind of attitude we welcome warmly at DOTW.
– Randy Rome: By way of Jimmy, we came across Randy who was an immediate big support to DOTW, adding members constantly, posting articles and sharing news from around Boston sports, more specifically the Patriots. He has shown an incredible amount of class, stature, respect and pride within our group, as well as being understanding of outside situations. We are proud to have someone like him standing beside us!
– Jennifer Boccelli: Founder of Patriots Die Hard Fans, she was another one of our founding mothers to the group, and an Elite Defender in her own right. She showed great support in our early beginnings, defending not only the wall, but defending DOTW as well in hostile situations with other opposing groups. Her page has garnered much support for DOTW and she gave us great intel and information during many of our battles, that ultimately decided our actions for the best.
– Michael Wigdor & Frank T. Walsh: The hosts of the award winning Boston local sports show, Sports Wrap, both of them have provided a great support for DOTW, as well as allowing Sheilla to represent the Defenders on our very own episode, as well hosting to Jimmy twice, once in the beginning of DOTW and one recently. They have both been a great asset to the DOTW, and we hope to continue building a strong bond!
– Michael McCann: From Sports Illustrated, a legal analyst, he as provided our group with great intel, acting as somewhat of a consultant in what we can do to achieve success from a legal perspective, as well providing our group with important information regarding corruption from a legal aspect within the NFL.
– Jerry Thornton: The Godfather of the Defend the Wall movement! No words could really fully describe Jerry and what he’s done for DOTW, but he is definitely the one who started it all way back in early 2015. He has been a tremendous support to the group, from WEEI to Barstool Sports, and always providing us with a laugh and seeing things from the other side of the fence. #DefendTheWall always, Jerry! And, just for old time’s sake, #ExonerateBrady!
This Monday is our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY! Please give a big round of applause (or a like will work too!) for those who have helped in securing our sector, and defending the wall like no other. Just like the Spartans, as small as we may be, we definitely make the most noise, and we’re most definitely the loudest!