The Influence of Robert Kraft and Family

I couldn’t do an article on the end of the lockout and the new CBA without giving credit where credit is due. In this day and age of professional sports, as fans of the New England Patriots, we need to thank our lucky stars for having what I consider as the greatest owner in professional sports. His influence, passion, and dedication to us as fans bringing an outstanding product to the field each and every year is nothing short of brilliant. As a fan since the 60’s I like a lot of us really appreciate it.
It must be said that this same influence as a businessman, owner, and more importantly a football fan played a significant role in helping finally get this NFL/CBA thing done. Please read the rest of exactly what the players and owners had to say about Robert and his role at creating a final solution.
When Jeff Saturday spoke to reporters, he offered an eloquent tribute to Kraft, lauding him as "a man who helped us save football," and to Kraft's wife, Myra, who died Wednesday from cancer, "A special thanks to Myra Kraft, who even in her weakest moment allowed Mr. Kraft to come and fight this out," Saturday said. "Without him, this deal does not get done. He is a man that helped us save football"
It didn’t hurt, of course, that Kraft already had a reputation as one of the few owners willing to speak his mind. And his comment, “We need to get the lawyers out of the way,” probably did more to bring about a resumption of face-to-face talks between a select group of owners and players than all the threats of legal action. So it came as little surprise that Smith, the NFLPA’s executive director, felt it necessary to echo what Saturday had said only moments earlier.
So as Patriots fans, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you Mr. Kraft for all you have done. We are truly blessed to have a leader like you amongst us!!!!