Sunday, May 15, 2011
Unlikely lockout pair: Kraft & Chung
By Mike Reiss
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.
Robert 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."
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."