Unlikely lockout pair: Kraft & Chung

May, 15, 2011
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- One of the last things one would expect to see in the current NFL labor climate is an owner and player side-by-side at a team's stadium.

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Mike Reiss/ESPNBoston.comRobert Kraft said he was glad to have the chance to see Patrick Chung at Sunday's charity event.
But that's what those visiting the third annual Raytheon "Science of Sports" Science Fair saw Sunday afternoon, with Robert Kraft and Patrick Chung teaming up at Gillette Stadium.

"I thank Raytheon that I got to see Patrick Chung," Kraft said after the Patriots Charitable Foundation and Raytheon awarded thousands in scholarships to those from local Boys & Girls Clubs. "I wouldn't get to see him. I'd like to see him in the building all the time [but] the process doesn't allow us to do that."

Per NFL rules in the lockout, Kraft and Chung could team up Sunday because the Science Fair is an annual charitable event.

For Chung, spending time as an executive judge alongside Kraft was a unique experience.

"I loved it, there are a lot of smart kids out here," he said. "They're doing the right things, getting an early start on education, and helping them out for the future."

As for not being able to be at Gillette Stadium on a regular basis because of the lockout, Chung said: "It [stinks]. But we have to do what we have to do [as players]. Mr. Kraft and the organization are doing what they have to do, and we're doing what we have to do, so we'll be ready."

EXTRA POINT: Kraft was asked several questions on the NFL's labor situation. A news story detailing his responses is now posted on ESPNBoston.com.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter



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