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NFLPA honors Robert Kraft

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At a time when the NFL and the NFL Players Association spend too much time squabbling, it was nice to see the two sides set aside their differences on Saturday night.

Even if it was temporary.

The NFLPA honored Patriots owner Robert Kraft as the first-ever recipient of the Georgetown Lombardi Award.  The award was given to Kraft last night in Washington, D.C., at the 26th annual Lombardi Gala.

The award was created  by the NFLPA and the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center “to honor a leader in the sports industry whose life and family have been touched by cancer, and who encourages cancer research, prevention and treatment through awareness and philanthropy.”

“Like many of us in the NFL community, Mr. Kraft has been personally affected by cancer,” NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith said in the statement announcing the selection of Kraft for the honor.  His wife, Myra, died in 2011 after a battle with ovarian cancer.  “Despite his loss, Mr. Kraft has continued to be a leader on cancer awareness, research and treatment.  We are thrilled to honor his achievements and dedication to fighting cancer on this special night.”

Further bringing two parties that spend plenty of time disagreeing is the fact that former Commissioner Paul Tagliabue is the chairman of the board at Georgetown University.  Tagliabue has recently emerged as a controversial figure, given his appointment to preside over the bounty scandal arbitration and the NFLPA’s resistance to it.

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8 Responses to “NFLPA honors Robert Kraft”
  1. fintastic13 says: Nov 4, 2012 12:36 PM

    Even as a Fins fan, it’s easy for me to see what Kraft and his family have meant to the NFL. The future is bright, in large part, due to his efforts.

  2. bostonianpride says: Nov 4, 2012 12:37 PM

    Very classy move by the Players Association. Robert Kraft has been and is one of the best owners in all of sports and is worthy of recognition for all he has done on and off the field! Congratualtions to Robert Kraft!

  3. farty5 says: Nov 4, 2012 12:45 PM

    Actually, he loved galas. All kids do.

  4. j0esixpack says: Nov 4, 2012 1:05 PM

    Even the Patriots haters need to acknowledge that without Bob Kraft’s leadership there is no labor agreement with the NFLPA

    Of course Kraft would probably be the first to acknowledge that without Jeff Saturday showing similar leadership for the NFLPA there’s likely no agreement either.

  5. harrisonhits2 says: Nov 4, 2012 1:10 PM

    Unlike most other owners Kraft financed his own stadium and didn’t extort it out of the taxpayers. That is a lifetime achievement all on its own.

    Best owner in sports hands down.

  6. phoff12 says: Nov 4, 2012 11:13 PM

    harrisonhits2 says:
    Nov 4, 2012 1:10 PM
    Unlike most other owners Kraft financed his own stadium and didn’t extort it out of the taxpayers. That is a lifetime achievement all on its own.

    Best owner in sports hands down.

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    Listen I’m a Pats fan till the end but its funny how everyone forgets if left to Kraft this team would be playing all there games in a tax payer financed stadium located in RI. By the way how many 100s of millions of dollars did the state off Massachusetts pay upgrading the roadways around Gillette?

  7. patsfiend says: Nov 5, 2012 11:15 AM

    phoff12 says:
    Nov 4, 2012 11:13 PM

    Listen I’m a Pats fan till the end but its funny how everyone forgets if left to Kraft this team would be playing all there games in a tax payer financed stadium located in RI. By the way how many 100s of millions of dollars did the state off Massachusetts pay upgrading the roadways around Gillette?
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    Kraft was just working over Providence and Hartford, hoping to work something out. It WAS left to Kraft, and unlike most other owners who hold their town and fans hostage, he funded the majority of the new stadium build, put himself at huge risk, and kept the team in the right spot. And yes, MA pumped in some money for off-ramps… big deal.

    I live in San Diego, and can read in the paper every week about the Spanos family and the Chargers… pining for a downtown taxpayer funded stadium…

    Kraft is top notch compared to these guys and only a few other owners are in his league. I’d love to see him as Commissioner some day. Then the Pats-conspiracy-haters can really have a field day… but it would be good for the game.

  8. richwizl says: Nov 10, 2012 3:20 PM

    Bob Kraft is a true fan of the game, first and foremost, which is why the players respect him. He wants the game to be right, for players and fans alike.

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