Super Bowl puts spotlight on philanthropist's life
Myra Kraft's good works inspire Patriots football players and the New England region.
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Earlier this season the Patriots team presented Robert Kraft with a painting to honor Myra Kraft's life work. It shows several Patriots players lifting their arms to point to the initials "MHK." The bottom of the painting contains the words "DEDICATION." The team brought the painting, created by New England artist Brian Fox, with them to the Super Bowl site in Indianapolis.Skip to next paragraph
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Mrs. Kraft made a strong impression on Green-Ellis, who has risen from being undrafted free agent as a rookie to the team's starting running back. "She taught me about giving back to the community," Green-Ellis said in a Yahoo Sports article. "Anytime I get a chance now, I want to go and give back to the children in this area and helping in the community.”
"We play a game, but this game is really small in the grand scheme of life," says another Patriots player, special teams captain Matthew Slater, in the ESPN piece. "What she did was really shine a light on what's valuable, what's important. She really cared about her fellow human beings. She was so selfless in the way she carried herself. She had a great heart."
Robert Kraft added this about his wife: "She cared about people – all people," he said. "And doing random acts of kindness. I don't think there's enough of that in this world. She was the No. 1 volunteer. That's what makes this country great. She personified it."
The Patriots owner even wondered if she had helped the Patriots win their Jan. 22 game against the Baltimore Ravens, which sent the New England team into the Super Bowl. The Ravens' kicker missed an easy 32-yard field goal that could have tied the game and sent it into overtime.
"I think we had an angel smiling down on us that day," Kraft said. "I think the spirit of my sweetheart pervades our locker room and our team this year. I really do."
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