Robert Kraft strong in trying times

July, 25, 2011
7/25/11
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Few owners in the history of professional sports have a moment like the one the New England Patriots' Robert Kraft experienced Monday afternoon in Washington, D.C.

At a time of deep personal pain, as he was grieving the death of his wife Myra, who passed away last Wednesday, Kraft was singled out as one of the main reasons the 2011 football season was saved. It was a powerful moment that couldn't be scripted.

To hear it was one thing. But this was one you had to see to really feel the impact.

It was the way 295-pound offensive lineman Jeff Saturday, a leader among the players' executive committee, brought his right arm around Kraft and pulled him close, Kraft's head nestling into Saturday's chest to receive the embrace with feeling.

If anyone needed a snapshot to know the NFL's lockout had officially come to an end, this was it. Players and owners united in a moment that had a strong New England twist.

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Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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