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Robert Kraft strong in trying times

Days after his wife's death, Patriots owner lauded for role in negotiations

Updated: July 26, 2011, 12:51 AM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

Few owners in the history of professional sports have a moment like the one the New England Patriots' Robert Kraft experienced Monday afternoon in Washington, D.C.

At a time of deep personal pain, as he was grieving the death of his wife Myra, who passed away on Wednesday, Kraft was singled out as one of the main reasons the 2011 football season was saved. It was a powerful moment that couldn't be scripted.

To hear it was one thing. But this was one you had to see to really ...

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