Just HOW important has Kraft been?
posted at 4/26/2012 9:12 AM EDT
Specifically, on the field. I know he's done a lot of works on CBAs, but strictly on the field + stadium credit?
I ask, because i've been reading a lot about how Parcells helped turn this team around, BB deserves credit, Brady deserves credit, Orthwein deserves credit...but Kraft seems to be overlooked.
In my estimation, if Kraft doesn't buy this team (well, technically, if he didn't buy the stadium and surrounding land first), a few things are different:
1) They are the St Louis Patriots, no idea where the Rams land.
2) They are still likely a laughing stock.
-He drafted Bledsoe (ok, so the GM did, but he weighed in heavily back then).
-He hired Parcells.
-He hired, at exceptional cost, Belichick.
-He was the first owner to pony up so much of his OWN money for a stadium.
-He did that to keep from moving to hartford, where taxpayers would have footed the bill.
-He has learned to be an owner who trusts the people he's hired, and let them do their job (Wash and Dal fans could appreciate that).
In football, I'm not aware of a better owner. Period.
If he never gains control of this team, we never get 3 SB trophies, and 2 other appearences along witht he myriad other things he has done.
When giving credit for the Patriot's dominance, Kraft will always be no lower than 1a for me. That's figuring BB is 1b, sharing the top spot.
Even without BB, I think Kraft would have gotten this team to about where they are now, but with BB, I think we've witnessed, and continue to witness, maybe the best Owner/Coach combination in recent pro sports.
It was a pleasure when the camera found him at the Bs Game 7, and person after person just wanted to shake his hand, and he was gracious to every single one. I'll never forget this story from last season either:http://www.nypost.com/p/blogs/cannscorner/cann_corner_patriots_owner_returns_0h791I8W8TV8GTcJ72NVCN
Unfortunately, with regard to a certain even, I couldn't find more than this mention:
"Two cool moments occurred prior to the game, 1st
Raiders Black Hole members applauded Patriots owner Robert Kraft when he came on the field during pregame warm ups. Kraft was seen talking and signing autographs for Black Hole members."
I remember reading that to go see Davis, Kraft had to walk through the Black Hole (only way to get their, Davis made it that way on purpose), and while pats org. members didn't think it was a good idea, Kraft forged on and was met by...handshakes and kind words. How many NFL owners would get that treatment in the Hole? Even WITH the 'tuck rule' between them!