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Monday, December 26, 2011
SI's King on Pats postgame scene

By Mike Reiss

Twitter.com/RealPatriotsPatriots owner Robert Kraft gets a gift from Patriots' players.
In his "Monday Morning Quarterback" piece on SI.com, Peter King writes on what unfolded in the locker room after the Patriots' 27-24 win over the Dolphins. This was previewed here yesterday (link here), but King goes into greater detail.
When the Patriots scored 27 second-half points to rally past Miami Saturday, they were probably going to be emotional enough in their locker room afterward. But Bill Belichick gave the game ball to owner Robert Kraft, who's had a difficult year with the summer death of his wife, Myra. Belichick said a few words about the significance of the Krafts, and then tackle Matt Light got up and pulled out an oil painting the players paid to have commissioned for Kraft. The painting show a group of Patriots players in a huddle raising their hands and an index finger, pointing to the initials "MHK,'' for Kraft's late wife. Light said the players wanted to do something to commemorate the season that had been dedicated to Myra Kraft. An emotional Robert Kraft told the players there wasn't a player on the team he wouldn't be proud to have at his dinner table with his family, and how important the players were to the community. One of those present said it was the most emotional thing he's seen in a Patriots locker room in the Kraft era. Good for the players, good for Belichick, and very good for Kraft.