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Myra Kraft: The heart of the Patriots

Owner's wife brought compassion, generosity to cutthroat world of football

Updated: July 21, 2011, 4:30 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Each story has a different twist, but ultimately ends in the same place when it comes to Myra Kraft.

A 20-something-year-old player arrives in New England for the first time, taking the first steps in life as an NFL player, and it seems so far away from home. That is, until he meets Myra, the wife of Patriots owner Robert Kraft.

"She really, truly was a mother figure to all of us," said former quarterback Drew Bledsoe, who played for the team from 1993-2001. ...

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