Mr. Kraft, ‘Elton John is on the line for you’
|01.22.12 at 8:59 pm ET|
FOXBORO — As Robert Kraft was holding the new-fangled Lamar Hunt trophy as AFC champions and talking about his late wife being the heavenly force that blew Billy Cundiff‘s 32-yard field goal wide left, he was handed a cell phone.
“It’s my pal Elton John,” Kraft announced, after hosting Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler in his owner’s suite as the Patriots beat the Ravens, 23-20, to advance to Super Bowl XLVI.
“Hello, Elton! How are you my friend,” Kraft said. “You’re so kind.”
As the conversation wrapped up, Kraft again expressed his appreciation.
“Thank you, your call means a great deal. I love you, man,” Kraft told John.
Turns out, a phone call from Sir Elton John has been a tradition of sorts.
“He always used to call and he’d speak to my wife first, when we won a Super Bowl,” Kraft said. “He’s never won for an AFC championship. Whether he’s in Dubai or wherever he is in the world, he watches our games. He’s a huge Patriots fan and been a good friend of our family for over 25 years. I promise you he’ll be at our game in London. We’ll try to get him to Indy.”
Speaking of his late wife, Myra, an emotional Kraft thanked his “angel above” several times.
“Someone was smiling. We had an angel,” Kraft said, before briefly breaking down in tears before reporters. “Thank goodness for that kick. That kick was the greatest play of the game for us. It was pretty special.”
The other rock superstar who actually was on hand for the game was grateful that the kick did sail wide left.
“We all thought we were going to overtime,” Kraft said. “It was interesting, Steven Tyler has been a friend for a long time, since the old stadium. He flew in from L.A. He was sticking until the end. He goes, ‘Oh my goodness, overtime.’ He had to get back to the West Coast for tomorrow.
“To win this game at home, in front of our fans, is the greatest thrill. I love this team, this locker room. This is the 18th year we’ve owned the team and you see the chemistry that exists here, it’s unbelievable. I really hope and pray it carries us through next week and in two weeks in Indianapolis.