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Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Continues To Have Profound Impact On NFL
Published January 30, 2012
VOICES OF REASON: NFL Giants Chair & Exec VP STEVE TISCH said, "Bob is the strongest, most passionate and caring of the owners in the NFL. His commitment to the league is 100%. ... His guidance and friendship over the years has been incredibly valuable to me, and the relationship is an important and strong one" (L.A. TIMES, 1/30). In N.Y., Gary Myers writes if they "handed out a trophy for saving the 2011 NFL season," then Mara and Kraft would be "standing on the podium together accepting the award from the 2,000 players in the league." The two "played invaluable roles as lead negotiators in ending the lockout and allowing the Super Bowl to even be played this year." More than anybody, Mara and Kraft "put an end to the torturous 136-day lockout that had threatened the season." They "knew the owners and players needed each other and it was a partnership." They were the "voices of reason" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 1/30).
A DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE THIS YEAR: N.Y. Daily News columnist Mike Lupica said the Patriots head to the Super Bowl “less than the team they are supposed to be” after the passing of Myra Kraft. Lupica: “Last summer ... Bob Kraft did more than any owner to end the NFL lockout (and) preserve a season that now ends for his team in Indianapolis against the Giants. (He) did all that against his wife’s brave fight against cancer. There have been other seasons that ended with the Super Bowl for Mr. Kraft. Just not like this one” (“The Sports Reporters,” ESPN, 1/29).