Robert Kraft honored as 2019 Genesis Prize Laureate

Genesis Prize Foundation

Patriots owner Robert Kraft has two pockets full of Super Bowl rings. He soon will have one of the most prestigious awards that the Jewish community can bestow.

The Genesis Prize Foundation has announced that Kraft will receive the 2019 Genesis Prize Laureate.

Described as the “Jewish Nobel” by Time, the $1 million Genesis Prize, presented by the Prime Minister of Israel, will be awarded to Kraft in June. The honor is determined based on outstanding professional achievement, contribution to humanity, and commitment to Jewish values and Israel. Kraft will donate the award to initiatives that fight anti-Semitism and other forms of prejudice, along with battling efforts to delegitimize Israel.

“I am honored to receive the Genesis Prize and thank the Genesis Prize Foundation for its recognition and willingness to direct my prize monies to such worthy causes,” Kraft said in a release. “This award amplifies my ability to raise both awareness and additional funds to fight anti-Semitism, attempts to delegitimize Israel and other forms of prejudices. It is important that we continue to support organizations that focus on combatting prejudices by building bridges and uniting people of different backgrounds.”

The award, and Kraft’s commitment to fighting anti-Semitism and other forms of prejudice, come at a time when anti-Semitism and racially-motivated hate crimes are on the rise. To raise further funds and awareness for these efforts, the New England Revolution (owned by Kraft) will host the Chelsea Football Club in a benefit match at Gillette Stadium in May. All the proceeds will be directed initiatives to combat anti-Semitism and other forms of prejudice.

17 responses to “Robert Kraft honored as 2019 Genesis Prize Laureate

  1. Way to go Mr. Kraft!!!
    So blessed to have him as the owner of the Patriots….. it’s no wonder they are so successful, great accomplishments require great leaders !!!

  2. He’s class all the way. He took a team that had some success, 1 SB (should have been 2), and saved them from going to St. Louis. He made decisions that turned the Patriots into the greatest dynasty in the NFL.

    Don’t forget, this isn’t the NFL where teams got a lucky draft (Steelers of the 70s and Dallas of the 90s) and had rosters that stayed intact since there wasn’t any salary cap or free agency. In this truly competitive era, rosters are overhauled each and every year.

  3. ricko1112 says:
    January 9, 2019 at 6:51 pm
    He’s class all the way. He took a team that had some success, 1 SB (should have been 2), and saved them from going to St. Louis. He made decisions that turned the Patriots into the greatest dynasty in the NFL.

    Don’t forget, this isn’t the NFL where teams got a lucky draft (Steelers of the 70s and Dallas of the 90s) and had rosters that stayed intact since there wasn’t any salary cap or free agency. In this truly competitive era, rosters are overhauled each and every year.

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    Bill Parcells left because Kraft was acting a little too much like Jerry Jones. Kraft was smart enough to learn his lesson and let BB coach the team and manage personnel. Jerry could learn a lot in this regard.

  4. Whether you like him or not he’s the only NFL owner who privately funded the entire cost of his stadium and didn’t move the team to get free money from another market.

  5. He’s developing his son to be a great owner too. A house built on rock, not sand – nor PSLs.

  6. harrisonhits2 says:
    January 9, 2019 at 7:15 pm
    Whether you like him or not he’s the only NFL owner who privately funded the entire cost of his stadium and didn’t move the team to get free money from another market.

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    While he did do that yes and I am a pats fan, he did try to hold Mass hostage for money and almost moved the team to Hartford. Either way though he deserves this award. Congrats Mr. Kraft

  7. @harrisonhits2 – while I have a ton of respect for Kraft, that’s not true.

    Gillette Stadium was built using 83% private funds, which is amazing compared to others. MetLife is the only 100% privately funded stadium, followed by the Rams new stadium (once it’s finished). The only other one that’s close is the Santa Clara stadium and that was 88%.

  8. dcnupe3 says:
    January 9, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    @harrisonhits2 – while I have a ton of respect for Kraft, that’s not true.

    Gillette Stadium was built using 83% private funds, which is amazing compared to others. MetLife is the only 100% privately funded stadium, followed by the Rams new stadium (once it’s finished). The only other one that’s close is the Santa Clara stadium and that was 88%.

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    Two NY teams paid for one stadium, hence why it is 100%.

    The Giants put up more, but just saying.

    A lot of the jealousy of the cheating owners towards Kraft stems from how all of this has shaken down.

    A season ticket holder and fan buys team, goes to a SB, trades for Bill Belichick, Belichick drafts Brady, and here we are.

    This is why Framejob I and Framejob II exist.

    Outright jealousy and greed by silver-spooned second generation loser owners.

  9. derekleblanc says:
    January 9, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    harrisonhits2 says:
    January 9, 2019 at 7:15 pm
    Whether you like him or not he’s the only NFL owner who privately funded the entire cost of his stadium and didn’t move the team to get free money from another market.

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    While he did do that yes and I am a pats fan, he did try to hold Mass hostage for money and almost moved the team to Hartford. Either way though he deserves this award. Congrats Mr. Kraft

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    False. It was a leverage play.

    He didn’t hold anyone hostage. MA paid for some basic infrastructure which is clearly more than fair based on the economic return on what the franchise represents in the community.

  10. “False. It was a leverage play”

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    You just contradicted yourself. Either he did it or he didn’t, that’s all. He’s as successful owner, and good at it for sure, but come on guys. That doesn’t mean he is infallible. Nobody gets to be an NFL owner without some greediness on their part.

  11. SWFLPC.INC says:
    January 9, 2019 at 7:14 pm

    Bill Parcells left because Kraft was acting a little too much like Jerry Jones.
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    Not quite, Parcells was going all tinpot dictator wanting to run roughshod over the player personnel folks and tossing aside the scouting departments recommendations. Kraft was of the opinion they were investing far too much in player evaluation to be so cavalier about disregarding it and selecting players based on Parcells say so. It came to a head over Christian Peter, not Terry Glenn as so many have claimed. Facts are troublesome things…

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