Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Reactions to Myra Kraft's passing
By Mike Reiss
Reaction, from Twitter, on the passing of Myra Kraft, wife of Patriots owner Robert Kraft:
Lawyer Milloy (Patriots player, 1996-2003) -- "I'm truly heartbroken today. Myra Kraft has passed away. With my Brisk departure from #Boston, she is the one person that I regret not saying goodbye too. As a young player/man she was a gr8 example of how a woman stands beside, not behind, a man of power! I never got a chance to say thanks 4 that lasting impression. R.I.P. You will be missed."
Heath Evans (Patriots player, 2005-2008) -- "Today we have lost an amazing woman, Mrs. Myra Kraft. She was a true blessing to all that knew her & will be greatly missed. ... I'll never forget the first day Beth met Myra. She came home w/ so much joy on her face b/c of how special Myra made her feel."
Matt Light (Patriots player, 2001-present) -- "She wasn't someone we saw like Robert and Jonathan, the rest of the family, but her impact was felt in many other ways. Just the things that she did in that community, and what that did for guys on the team, it really drove me to do a lot to give back and find my little niche to be a part of that community. She's an incredible person, she really was." -- via NFL Network
Troy Brown (Patriots player, 1993-2007) -- M"y thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Kraft and the entire Kraft family. We have lost a beautiful and kind person who has helped many with all her charitable works. I remember fondly the first time I met her at my second training camp. She stopped by to say a few kind words of encouragement and a special relationship grew from there. She may have been small in stature but she had the biggest heart. We are all better people for having known her. My deepest sympathies." -- via Patriots.com
Jerod Mayo (Patriots player, 2008-present) -- "I am extremely saddened with the passing of Myra Kraft. Mrs. Kraft has been a mainstay in the community and the Patriots family. Her giving spirit along with her countless random acts of kindness and philanthropy will continue to be a legacy to be remembered." -- via Patriots.com
Darius Butler (Patriots player, 2009-present) -- "My condolences and prayers go out to the Kraft family during this tough time."
Wes Welker (Patriots player, 2007-present) -- "This is a very sad day for the New England Patriot family. Mrs. Kraft was such a loving and generous woman. She was always there to greet us with a smile, whether we won or lost. She will be deeply missed by the whole New England community. My thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Kraft and his entire family." -- via Patriots.com
Ty Warren (Patriots player, 2003-present) -- "Mrs. Kraft was absolutely a wonderful, genuine, strong and caring lady, who was as in tune with the affairs of the Patriots organization - not only behind the doors of the organization, but beyond those doors. I will always remember her for going above and beyond to know the players and their wives. She was the biggest fan in and outside the building. I see her in my mind right now standing up in the Kraft box cheering harder and louder than anyone else in that box. She, I think, is a very big reason why the Patriot organization is a family type setting. She will be greatly missed by my wife, Kesha, and I. We send out warmest regards to the entire Kraft family." -- via Patriots.com
Donte Stallworth (Patriots player, 2007) -- "Great family, great ownership that really cares about EVERY player! My condolences to the Krafts. ... awesome woman."
Vince Wilfork (Patriots player, 2004-present) -- "Myra was a wonderful woman who my wife and I loved dearly. It goes beyond football. It goes to what matters in life, being able to build relationships and make a difference. Mr Kraft and I spoke a lot over the years about 'Momma' and I hurt for him as I know the love he has for her. I will miss her giving me a hug and kiss before every game, but in my heart she will be there."
Andre Tippett (Patriots player and current executive director of community affairs) -- "Myra Kraft was the matriarch of the Patriots organization and the driving force behind all of our charitable initiatives. Upon completion of any project, her first question was always ‘How can we do more?' Her impact locally and globally was immeasurable. The philanthropic community has lost one of its brightest stars. On a personal level, I loved Myra very much and considered her part of my family. She was a strong and sweet woman who I looked to for guidance in nearly every aspect of my life. This hurts tremendously. On behalf of Rhonda and my children, our deepest condolences go out to Robert, Jonathan, Dan, Josh, David and the entire Kraft family." -- via Patriots.com
Dane Fletcher (Patriots player, 2010-present) -- "Thoughts & prayers go out to Mr. Kraft and the Kraft family, she was a very unique & special person!"
Julian Edelman (Patriots player, 2009-present) -- "My Prayers go out to the Kraft family."
BenJarvus Green-Ellis (Patriots player, 2008-present) -- "I would like to extend my prayers and sincere condolences to the Kraft family during this difficult time. Please keep them In your prayers."
Leigh Bodden (Patriots player, 2009-present) -- "Praying for & wishing the Kraft Family the best through this tough time."
Brian Hoyer (Patriots player, 2009-present) -- "My thoughts and prayers go out to the Kraft family during this difficult time. Please do the same."
Judy Battista (NFL reporter, NY Times) -- "Terribly sad news: Myra Kraft, wife of Robert, mom of Jonathan, has died after long cancer fight. A wonderful lady. What a loss."
Sam Farmer (Los Angeles Times NFL reporter) -- "Very sad to hear of Myra Kraft's passing. She was a kind and thoughtful person, a good heart. I'll miss her, as will many. ... When I think of Myra Kraft, I think of this: The best way to show people you care about them... is to care about them."
Mike Silver (Yahoo! Sports columnist) -- "My thoughts and prayers are with the Kraft family. Myra was a big personality who was loved immensely, and this is a very rough day."
Peter Gammons (former Boston Globe and ESPN reporter) -- "Be they hairdressers, friends, just folks, the people Myra touched, helped and educated their children is beyond calculation. ... One of the finest, most philanthropic, kind and civilized persons I have ever known."
Jay Glazer (Fox Sports NFL reporter) -- "Our most heart-felt prayers go out to Ptriots owner Robert Kraft and his family on the passing of Myra Kraft. Absolutely wonderful woman!!!"
Scott Zolak (Patriots player, 1992-98; current host at 98.5 The Sports Hub) -- "Sad day for all in Patriot Nation, Myra Kraft will be missed by all connected to this franchise. She did so much good for so many people."
Bonnie Bernstein (ESPN New York) -- "My heart goes out to #Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who has lost his wife, Myra, to cancer. Such a lovely & kind woman."
Clark Judge (CBSSports.com NFL writer) -- "Sad, sad news about myra kraft. Met her several times. Wonderful. Behind a great woman was bob kraft."
Don Banks (SI.com NFL writer) -- "Condolences to the Krafts at the passing of Myra Kraft, who always seemed the quiet strength of the family. Sad day for all who knew her."
Peter King (SI.com, NFL writer) -- "RIP Myra Kraft. A wonderful, caring woman. Condolences to the Kraft family."
Cris Collinsworth (NBC analyst) -- "She was one of my all-time favorites. She always saw the bigger picture with her charity work and family first attitude. She was an absolute joy and will be greatly missed."
Andrew Brandt (National Football Post) -- "Attending NFL meetings, it always struck me how much everyone valued Bob and Myra Kraft. She was a treasure and will be heartily missed."