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Patriots owner Bob Kraft finds solace in Super Bowl run

Nov. 6, 2013
 
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Patriots owner Bob Kraft lost his wife Myra to a battle with cancer near the end of the lockout. He said this Super Bowl run has meant so much more than just victories on the field. Tuesday, Kraft talked at length about his emotions over the past year. “It’s been a tough year. I believe in spirituality and this team has really saved me personally. Fifty-three guys have bonded together and have been like sons to me. You think in this world, where athletes can be so narcissistic in so many ways, they planned an oil painting to be in our locker room on Sunday with my wife’s initials and the players dedicating the season to my wife. But the fact that they can relate to that and plan that six to eight weeks in advance. That had meant something to them so it had been very fulfilling.” “People use the word “family.” In a family, you don’t cut players. The unfortunate part is that you can’t keep everyone that you want. We try to differentiate by creating a family environment. People there know that I love my wife dearly. They knew she was the real deal. They felt my pain and they have tried to comfort me. In a way it’s created a unique bond in the locker room. I believe in spirituality and I think many of the players do. I just think she’s been with us and she’s smiling with us.” “(The team) saved me. I never understood what the word heartbroken meant. It’s hard for anyone to relate to it. My wife was 19 and I was 20 when she proposed to me. We had five kids right away. Then they left and we became best pals for 25 years. She was 98 pounds, read four books a week and was healthy. I thought she would outlive me for 30 years. This horrible cancer came and it’s wrecked my life. Having this team has been a savior for me.” "“I never understood what it meant to lose someone who you had great respect for. (Myra Kraft) was the greatest person in my life. It’s hard to understand what losing some (means) unless you’ve gone through it. She was my best pal. It’s hard for anyone to understand the heartache unless they’ve gone through it themselves. The fact that I’m privileged to own an NFL team in my hometown - these 53 guys have been my savior. They have been respectful to me. They presented me with an oil painting when we clinched the bye. I don’t know what’s going to happen after Sunday, but they have sure kept me busy every night right through now.”  

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