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Sunday, August 21, 2011
Myra Kraft remembered on SNF

By Mike Reiss

Toward the end of the first half of NBC's "Sunday Night Football" broadcast of the Chargers-Cowboys game, play-by-play man Al Michaels and analyst Cris Collinsworth devoted time to remember Myra Kraft.

The broadcast was coming back from a commercial.

Michaels: "We want to acknowledge the passing last month of Myra Kraft, the wife of the owner of the Patriots, Robert Kraft. Here was the front page of the Boston Herald (showing the words "Heart of Gold") and they meant it, too, because that's exactly what she had, a heart of gold. Bob was still able to go through the negotiations, I don't know how in the world he did it. They always say, and it's a cliché', 'they made the world a better place.' She really made the world a better place. People have no idea, I mean literally, the thousands of lives in this country, and in Israel, and elsewhere, that she touched."

Collinsworth: "I know you and Linda were very close with her. It had to be tough. You spent some time in Israel with them."

Michaels: "We did, in March. She knew she was sick at that point. She came back and went into the hospital, and was in and out of the hospital over the ensuing three or four months. Somehow, Bob was able to still go through all the negotiations and was a huge factor in it as well."

Collinsworth: "You know why, because Myra said, 'Go do your job.' She was so unselfish with everything she did, even to the very end. She said, 'You go do your job, I'm fine.' She did that for a lifetime."

Michaels: "There are people who do great things and give away a lot of money, and then there are people who give the money away and actually do all the hands-on stuff that goes with it. That was Myra."

Collinsworth: "I can remember one time with me, I had a particularly tough meeting with Robert. I won't talk about what it was about, but it was not warm and fuzzy. I come outside and Myra was so warm, and so gracious, and I said, 'Do you ever talk to your husband?' She was just a wonderful lady. She will be greatly missed, not just in New England but by NFL families everywhere."

Michaels: "Definitely."