Re: Bob Krafted Nominated for the Hall of Fame
posted at 9/28/2012 4:17 PM EDT
In response to ma6dragon9's comment:
I also want to point out that, in order to keep the team in Foxboro and not move it to Hartford, Kraft was the first owner in modern sports to pony up his OWN money and not bleed a few hundred million from taxpayers to build his new stadium. All he got from the state was 5% of the cost in the form of a tax free loan, nothing more.
People down here in CT don't want to hear that, they'd rather believe he used Hartford as leverage to get more out of MA, as CT was offering to build the stadium for him.
He represents what every fan wants in an owner: dedicated to winning and loyal to the area/fanbase.
He also saved the team from being moved to St Louis through a series of decisions, including buying the old stadium, which included a contract with the Patriots to play for a certain number of years. He outbid the current owner of the team to buy the stadium, and eventually forced their hands into selling him the team as they were not going to be able to move it, as they wanted to.
Without Kraft, it's a very real possibility that there is no football in NE. Not only is there football, he helped build one of the model franchises in the salary cap era.
If memory serves, wasn't there a problem with the site chosen, with it being a Super Fund cleanup site? Would have taken time, etc, so he stayed in Foxboro and ponied up his own money.